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Time for a Reboot: Monitoring in China's Electronics Industry

Time for a Reboot: Monitoring in China's Electronics Industry

Lin, Kevin, Foxvog, Liana, Martin-Ortega, Olga ORCID: 0000-0002-1779-0120 and Outhwaite, Opi (2018) Time for a Reboot: Monitoring in China's Electronics Industry. Project Report. International Labor Rights Forum.

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Two decades ago, exposés of child labor, forced labor, and other worker rights violations in subcontracted systems of production gave rise to global corporations recognizing the need to commit to corporate social responsibility (CSR) principles, which in turn led to extensive programs and policies and supply chain monitoring programs. Many brands have since recognized the shortcomings of these CSR initiatives, which have been mostly voluntary, confidential schemes developed by corporations themselves or by multi-stakeholder initiatives lacking meaningful involvement from the workers whom the initiatives purport to serve. In response to the widely documented failures of this billion dollar CSR industry to protect workers’ rights, workers and their organizations have been exploring new models for engaging global brands to negotiate enforceable agreements and advance worker-driven social responsibility ones that are not confidential, self-regulating, or management-driven. Our vision for more effective corporate accountability is one that ensures a meaningful role for the impacted workers in both the implementation and oversight of the initiative.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords: electronics industry, labour rights, monitoring, China
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Law & Criminology (LAC)
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Last Modified: 08 May 2019 14:48

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