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

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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'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

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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.

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Table of Contents

Acronyms and abbreviations
List of figures, tables and boxes
Contributors
Preface
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
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