Monitoring Sweatshops: Workers, Consumers, and the Global Apparel Industry

Monitoring Sweatshops: Workers, Consumers, and the Global Apparel Industry

by Jill Louise Esbenshade
     
 

ISBN-10: 1592132561

ISBN-13: 9781592132560

Pub. Date: 06/18/2004

Publisher: Temple University Press

Monitoring Sweatshops offers the first comprehensive assessment of efforts to address and improve conditions in garment factories. Jill Esbenshade describes the government's efforts to persuade retailers and clothing companies to participate in private monitoring programs. She shows the different approaches to monitoring that firms have taken, and the variety of…  See more details below

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Monitoring Sweatshops offers the first comprehensive assessment of efforts to address and improve conditions in garment factories. Jill Esbenshade describes the government's efforts to persuade retailers and clothing companies to participate in private monitoring programs. She shows the different approaches to monitoring that firms have taken, and the variety of private monitors employed, from large accounting companies to local non-profits. Esbenshade also shows how the efforts of the anti-sweatshop movement have forced companies to employ monitors overseas as well.

When monitoring is understood as the result of the withdrawal of governments from enforcing labor standards as well as the weakening of labor unions, it becomes clear that the United States is experiencing a shift from a social contract between workers, businesses, and government to one that Jill Esbenshade calls the social responsibility contract. She illustrates this by presenting the recent history of monitoring, with considerable attention to the most thorough of the Department of Labor's programs, the one in Los Angeles. Esbenshade also explains the maze of alternative approaches being employed worldwide to decide the questions of what should be monitored and by whom.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592132560
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
06/18/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introduction: Monitoring, Sweatshops, and Labor Relations1
1The Rise and Fall of the Social Contract in the Apparel Industry13
2The Social-Accountability Contract33
3Private Monitoring in Practice60
4Weaknesses and Conflicts in Private Monitoring89
5The Development of International Monitoring119
6Examining International Codes of Conduct and Monitoring Efforts145
7The Struggle for Independent Monitoring165
Conclusion: Workers, Consumers, and Independent Monitoring198
Appendix 1Confessions of a Sweatshop Monitor209
Appendix 2Research Methods214
Appendix 3List of Interviews219
Appendix 4Acronyms and Abbreviations226
Notes229
References249
Index261
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