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Corporate Responsibility and Labour Rights

Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Content
  5. Acronyms and abbreviations
  6. List of figures, tables and boxes
  7. Contributors
  8. Preface
  9. Chapter 1 Introduction
  10. Part One: Codes of Conduct And Global Deregulation
    1. Chapter 2 The political economy of codes of conduct
    2. Chapter 3 Labour rights/corporate responsibilities: the role of ILO labour standards
    3. Chapter 4 ‘I’ll tell you what I want ...’: women workers and codes of conduct
    4. Chapter 5 Mapping codes through the value chain: from researcher to detectiv
  11. Part Two: Codes of Conduct – Perspectives From Stakeholders in The Global Production Chains
    1. Chapter 6 Beyond codes: lessons from the Pentland experience
    2. Chapter 7 The international trade union movement and the new codes of conduct
    3. Chapter 8 The emperor’s new clothes: what codes mean for workersin the garment industry
    4. Chapter 9 Can codes of conduct help home-based workers?
    5. Chapter 10 ‘Made in China’: rules and regulations versus codes of conduct in the toy sector
    6. Chapter 11 The contradictions in codes: the Sri Lankan experience
    7. Chapter 12 The potential of codes as part of women’s organizations’ strategies for promoting the rights of women workers: a Central America perspective
    8. Chapter 13 The fox guarding the chicken coop: garment industry monitoring in Los Angeles
    9. Chapter 14 Working with codes: perspectives from the Clean Clothes Campaign
    10. Chapter 15 ETI: a multi-stakeholder approach – Mick Blowfield
    11. Chapter 16 Monitoring the monitors: a critique of third-party labour monitoring
    12. Chapter 17 Code monitoring in the informal Fair Trade sector: the experience of Oxfam GB
  12. Appendix I
  13. Index