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Dignity factory workers producing shirts for overseas clients, in Accra, Ghana

Research and New Conversations about Work in Global Supply Chains

Housed in the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, the Global Labor Institute (GLI)—formerly the New Conversations Project—is dedicated to independent quantitative research and action on a new generation of strategies that the evidence says measurably improves labor conditions for large numbers of workers in global production.

To get there, the Global Labor Institute pulls together fragmented constituencies—brands and retailers, manufacturers, unions, famers, civil society organizations, regulators, investors—for evidence—based conversations and decisions. 

Latest News and Events

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

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

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”

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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

Speakers and scenes from 2022 NYC Conference

Three crucial questions for global labor governance: Where are we headed with human rights due diligence, private regulation and labor rights in trade policy?” Too long?
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Speakers and scenes from 2022 NYC Conference

Study confirms need for binding agreements on pay

The Clean Clothes Campaign says ILR’s Global Labor Institute's (formerly the New Conversations Project) recent report confirms the need for fashion brands to sign a binding global agreement on severance pay.
thread loom in a fabric factory
Study confirms need for binding agreements on pay

Global Severance Pay Program Outlined

When apparel factories shut down due to COVID-19, many workers lost their incomes. ILR’s New Conversations Project proposes a model to protect workers.
garment workers in a factory
Global Severance Pay Program Outlined