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Change or Groundhog Day? What new research tells us about what works in global labor governance

2024 GLI Conference Highlights

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Higher Ground? Fashion’s Climate Breakdown

Impacts of climate change on global apparel production

In partnership with Schroders, we report the impacts of climate change on global apparel production. In our first report, we track climate change impacts at the global, national, and factory levels. We map fashion's climate vulnerabilities across production centers, and estimate future economic damages from extreme heat and flooding. Our second report examines company-level climate risk, cost, and financing for adaption and just resilience.

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Latest News and Events

Recent Publication by Sarosh Kuruvilla: Shifting Modes of Labor Regulation in Global Supply Chains

This essay outlines changing modes of regulation of labor conditions in global apparel supply chains, which are concentrated in Asia; assesses the effectiveness of 25 years of private voluntary regulation by global firms; and examines critically the implications of new European regulation now mandating what was previously a voluntary corporate activity.
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Recent Publication by Sarosh Kuruvilla: Shifting Modes of Labor Regulation in Global Supply Chains

Event: Higher Ground? Fashion's Climate Breakdown and its Effect for Workers by the Global Labor Institute and Schroders - Organized by Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Please join us at Columbia Threadneedle Investments in London for a presentation on the Higher Ground? reports by the Global Labor Institute and Schroders. Angus Bauer (Schroders) will be joined by Jason Judd (Global Labor Institute) to present the paper, followed by a panel discussion with expert reactions.
Five people crossing polluted stream over narrow bridge.
Event: Higher Ground? Fashion's Climate Breakdown and its Effect for Workers by the Global Labor Institute and Schroders - Organized by Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Towards Freedom at Sea

Handbook for the detection of forced labour in commercial fishing.
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Towards Freedom at Sea

Fashion Production’s Climate Crisis in 4 Graphs

Sourcing Journal
Person riding scooter through crowded, flooded street.
Fashion Production’s Climate Crisis in 4 Graphs

Higher Ground? In the News

See highlights of coverage for the Higher Ground? reports authored by the Global Labor Institute and Schroders.
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Higher Ground? In the News

Inside The Factory

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Sarosh Kuruvilla featured in the Articles of Interest Podcast. On the ten year anniversary of a horrible manufacturing disaster- a look at what has changed, what hasn’t, and the massive secret industry behind it all.
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Inside The Factory

SDG Insider: Bridging corporate reporting and the sustainability agenda

In an ever-evolving labour landscape, how can businesses ensure they respect the rights and prioritise the well-being of their workforce?
SDG Insider
SDG Insider: Bridging corporate reporting and the sustainability agenda

Global Labor Institute Conference 2024: New Research

Upcoming Event
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Global Labor Institute Conference 2024: New Research

GLI Welcomes New Board Members

The Global Labor Institute is pleased to welcome seven new members to our advisory board—Kalpona Akter, Mick Bride, Sarah Dadush, Tenisha Elliott, Duncan Scott, Jill Tucker and Mi Zhou. Please visit the Global Labor Institute’s people page to learn more about them.
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GLI Welcomes New Board Members

Higher Ground + Trade Realities

OECD Garment Forum Side Session with Katalyst Initiative (Amsterdam), Cornell GLI (New York) and Home Based Women Workers Federation (Karachi)
Land and Sea - OECD
Higher Ground + Trade Realities

OECD Due Diligence Session -- Sarosh Kuruvilla

GLI’s Sarosh Kuruvilla is sharing our new framework for hard measures of labor outcomes as part of the main OECD session “Assessing RBC due diligence implementation: Reflecting a risk-based approach".
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OECD Due Diligence Session -- Sarosh Kuruvilla

Has Fashion Learned Anything From Covid? (You Already Know the Answer.)

Female garment workers wearing masks.
Has Fashion Learned Anything From Covid? (You Already Know the Answer.)

Op-Ed Fashion’s Business Model Isn’t Fit for Climate Change

This op-ed by Jason Judd and Sarosh Kuruvilla explores how the business model of fashion is failing to meet the complex problems posed by climate change.
A man walks through rain and dye outside a dyeing factory in Bangladesh. (Getty)
Op-Ed Fashion’s Business Model Isn’t Fit for Climate Change

Everybody wants strong social protection systems. Who pays for them?

A new paper by Cornell University’s Global Labor Institute concludes that while the industry agrees more social protection is a must, nobody wants to pay for it, say Jason Judd and Matthew M Fisher Daly, co-authors of the report.
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Everybody wants strong social protection systems. Who pays for them?

Announcing the Global Labor Institute

NCP is now the Global Labor Institute at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
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Announcing the Global Labor Institute

Many Lessons, Difficult Path to Solutions

A new working paper by the Global Labor Institute delves into the lessons learned by the apparel industry during the COVID-19 pandemic and explores how to better handle future crises.
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Many Lessons, Difficult Path to Solutions

Ship Detained After ILR/ILO Workshop on Labor Abuse Among Fishers

A recent training by the ILO, in collaboration with Cornell’s New Conversations Project, has resulted in the South African government detaining a foreign-flagged fishing vessel suspected of engaging in labor abuses.
Jason Judd (left) on the docks with a member of the South African Maritime Authority
Ship Detained After ILR/ILO Workshop on Labor Abuse Among Fishers

Wages trump safety standards for global apparel workers

Cornell Chronicle
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Wages trump safety standards for global apparel workers

Video: Thea Lee’s 2022 Conference keynote speech

USDOL Deputy Undersecretary lays out changes for labor provisions in U.S. trade policy and agreements
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Thea Lee, Deputy Undersecretary, U.S. Department of Labor
Video: Thea Lee’s 2022 Conference keynote speech

Is private regulation working? Book launch with Sourcing Journal on May 25

New Conversations Project and the Sourcing Journal presents a live book launch and debate on Sarosh Kuruvilla's new book, Private Regulation of Labor Standards in Global Supply Chains on Tuesday, May 25.
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Is private regulation working? Book launch with Sourcing Journal on May 25

2022 keynoter Lara Wolters: “Time of ‘I didn’t know’ is over”

Sourcing Journal
Lara Wolters (center), Member of the European Parliament (Netherlands) and Jason Judd, Cornell University
2022 keynoter Lara Wolters: “Time of ‘I didn’t know’ is over”

Video: Sarosh Kuruvilla’s Conference keynote speech

GLI Academic Director brings new data and analysis of private regulation of labor practices
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Sarosh Kuruvilla, Cornell University
Video: Sarosh Kuruvilla’s Conference keynote speech

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