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Worker-driven monitoring – redefining supply chain monitoring to improve labour rights in global supply chains

Worker-driven monitoring – redefining supply chain monitoring to improve labour rights in global supply chains

Outhwaite, Opi and Martin-Ortega, Olga ORCID: 0000-0002-1779-0120 (2019) Worker-driven monitoring – redefining supply chain monitoring to improve labour rights in global supply chains. Competition & Change, 23 (4). pp. 378-396. ISSN 1024-5294 (Print), 1477-2221 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/1024529419865690)

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Abstract

In this article, we advance on ongoing debates about how global supply chain monitoring can work to improve conditions for workers in those supply chains. We propose an approach to worker-driven monitoring and introduce a set of core elements that should form the basis of this new approach to monitoring labour conditions in global supply chains. We argue that supply chain workers’ participation in labour monitoring systems cannot be confined to the moment of factory inspection. Instead it must be understood as part of a larger process which incorporates workers from the point of designing the systems that will be monitored through to the point of remediation. We conclude that such a systematic and comprehensive approach is necessary to ensure that monitoring processes are meaningful and place the rights of workers at their core.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: business and human rights, global supply chains, labour rights, electronics industry, monitoring, auditing
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Crime, Law and (In) Security
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Law & Criminology (LAC)
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2020 12:01
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/24942

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