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Buying power and human rights in the supply chain: legal options for socially responsible public procurement of electronic goods

Buying power and human rights in the supply chain: legal options for socially responsible public procurement of electronic goods

Martin-Ortega, Olga, Outhwaite, Opi and Rook, William (2015) Buying power and human rights in the supply chain: legal options for socially responsible public procurement of electronic goods. The International Journal of Human Rights, 19 (3). pp. 341-368. ISSN 1364-2987 (Print), 1744-053X (Online) (doi:10.1080/13642987.2015.1029295)

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Abstract

Several scandals involving well-known electronics brands have highlighted the exploitative and unsafe conditions under which many workers operate in the industry’s long and complex supply chains. As large-scale consumers of electronic goods, public buyers potentially hold significant leverage over the behaviour of their suppliers through their buying power. Consequently, public procurement has the potential to be a significant influence on these supply chains and ultimately the human rights of those working in them. This article critically assesses legal options for the promotion of social considerations in the supply chain, considering in particular the potential of the European Union legal regime for public procurement as a tool for improving working conditions and human rights in the electronics industry supply chain.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in The International Journal of Human Rights on June 9th 2015, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13642987.2015.1029295
Uncontrolled Keywords: Human rights; Labour rights, working conditions, supply chain, electronics industry, public procurement, due diligence, European Union
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of Law
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2017 11:03
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/13750

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