Corporate Responsibility and Labour Rights: Codes of Conduct in the Global Economy

Paperback (Print)
Not Available on


The emergence of voluntary corporate codes of conduct since the early 1990s is both a manifestation of and a response to the process of globalization. They have been part of a more general shift away from state regulation of transnational corporations towards corporate self-regulation in the areas of labour and environmental standards and human rights. This work provides a critical perspective on the growth and significance of corporate codes with a particular focus on working conditions and labour rights. It brings together work by academics, practitioners and activists.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'A valuable contribution to the debate regarding the relevance, complexities and role of corporate codes of conduct.'
Gender, Place and Culture - A Journal of Feminist Geography

'This book brings together the work of more than 20 academic, practitioners and activists to provide a broad-based, multi-disciplinary and critical assessment of the growth, content and significance of corporate social responsibility for working conditions and labour rights.'
African Business

'It applies an analytical approach to the theory, development and impliactions of corporate codes of conduct within global value chains.'
Journal of Consumer Policy

'Each of the papers is clearly written, well organised and readable.'
Development and Change

'A broad-based multi-disciplinary assessment of the growth, content and significance of corporate codes of conduct.'
Business Horizons

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853839313
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Rhys Jenkins is professor of development studies at the University of East Anglia. Ruth Pearson is professor of development studies and director of the Centre for Development Studies at the University of Leeds. Gill Seyfang is senior research associate at the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE) at the University of East Anglia.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Acronyms and abbreviations
List of figures, tables and boxes
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Codes of Conduct and Global Deregulation
Ch. 2 The political economy of codes of conduct 13
Ch. 3 Labour rights/corporate responsibilities: the role of ILO labour standards 31
Ch. 4 'I'll tell you what I want...': women workers and codes of conduct 43
Ch. 5 Mapping codes through the value chain: from researcher to detective 61
Pt. 2 Codes of Conduct - Perspectives from Stakeholders in the Global Production Chains
Ch. 6 Beyond codes: lessons from the Pentland experience 79
Ch. 7 The international trade union movement and the new codes of conduct 90
Ch. 8 The emperor's new clothes: what codes mean for workers in the garment industry 101
Ch. 9 Can codes of conduct help home-based workers? 113
Ch. 10 'Made in China': rules and regulations versus codes of conduct in the toy sector 124
Ch. 11 The contradictions in codes: the Sri Lankan experience 135
Ch. 12 The potential of codes as part of women's organizations' strategies for promoting the rights of women workers: a Central America perspective 146
Ch. 13 The fox guarding the chicken coop: garment industry monitoring in Los Angeles 160
Ch. 14 Working with codes: perspectives from the Clean Clothes Campaign 172
Ch. 15 ETI: a multi-stakeholder approach 184
Ch. 16 Monitoring the monitors: a critique of third-party labour monitoring 196
Ch. 17 Code monitoring in the informal Fair Trade sector: the experience of Oxfam GB 209
App. 1: Useful web sites 222
Index 224
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)