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Sourcing Journal: How Do We Measure supply Chain Due Diligence? GLI Labor Outcome Metrics

Read our Sourcing Journal summary of the new GLI Labor Outcomes Metrics.
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Sourcing Journal: How Do We Measure supply Chain Due Diligence? GLI Labor Outcome Metrics

Knowing and Showing: Using Cornell GLI’s Labor Outcome Metrics for Due Diligence

Join us online 29 May for the launch of Cornell GLI’s Labor Outcomes Metrics, a new set of 25 quantitative measures to allow regulators, firms, unions and the rest of us to score, track and compare impacts over time. Registration required.
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Knowing and Showing: Using Cornell GLI’s Labor Outcome Metrics for Due Diligence

GLI Announces new visiting fellow MEP Samira Rafaela

Member of the European Parliament Samira Rafaela joins the Global Labor Institute for 2024 – 2025 as a visiting fellow of the Cornell University ILR School.
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GLI Announces new visiting fellow MEP Samira Rafaela

WRI's Big Ideas Into Action Podcast with Jason Judd

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Jason Judd quoted on the Voices on Supply Chains episodes on WRI's Big Ideas Into Action podcast feed.
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WRI's Big Ideas Into Action Podcast with Jason Judd

Employment Announcement: Global Labor Program Associate

The Global Labor Institute is hiring a research specialist in NYC who is familiar with global labor issues and is a strong researcher and writer. The successful candidate will execute research and support management of research projects for GLI. See the announcement here.
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Employment Announcement: Global Labor Program Associate

Inside the EU’s Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive

Sourcing Journal
How will European regulators, corporations and the rest of us know which firms are running the highest risks?
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Inside the EU’s Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive

GLI Testimony on Trade and Labor for the US International Trade Commission, March 2024

Jason Judd shared findings from recent research and experiences on three under‐explored elements of apparel industry competitiveness: wage‐setting, labor outcomes for workers, and climate vulnerability and adaptation.
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GLI Testimony on Trade and Labor for the US International Trade Commission, March 2024

GLI 2024 Conference Rolls Up Sleeves to Tackle Global Apparel Production

“The progress of science begins with this sharing of knowledge, expertise and networks, and today we are guests of the Global Labor Institute conference where these three components converge,” said Samira Rafaela at the 2024 GLI Conference on Feb. 2.
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GLI 2024 Conference Rolls Up Sleeves to Tackle Global Apparel Production

Sarosh Kuruvilla: German News Magazine Interview

Person pushing a cart full of paper product through a factory.
Sarosh Kuruvilla: German News Magazine Interview

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

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

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
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Fashion Production’s Climate Crisis in 4 Graphs

Gender Discrimination in Fashion Supply Chains: What Should Companies Report?

Sourcing Journal
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Gender Discrimination in Fashion Supply Chains: What Should Companies Report?

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

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?
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SDG Insider: Bridging corporate reporting and the sustainability agenda

Webinar: Higher Ground? Fashion's Climate Breakdown and its Effect for Workers

A multi-stakeholder panel discussion about the Global Labor Institute and Schroders' Higher Ground report, which looks at the impact of climate breakdown on apparel producing countries and workers.
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Webinar: Higher Ground? Fashion's Climate Breakdown and its Effect for Workers

Fashion is ‘Sleepwalking’ into a Climate Catastrophe. Bangladesh is in the Bullseye.

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“One thing that we want to stress is that our assumptions here are conservative,” said Jason Judd, director of the Global Labor Institute. “ Every time we had to make a choice in terms of in terms of our estimates, we chose a middle-of-the-road climate scenario.”
Fashion is ‘Sleepwalking’ into a Climate Catastrophe. Bangladesh is in the Bullseye.

Global Labor Institute Conference 2024: New Research

Upcoming Event
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Global Labor Institute Conference 2024: New Research

Is Fashion Sleepwalking Into the Climate Crisis?

The Business of Fashion News
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Is Fashion Sleepwalking Into the Climate Crisis?

What Causes Garment Workers to Quit Their Jobs?

Workers evaluate their jobs based on a “livelihood” logic--are the wages paid enough to sustain their livelihoods?
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What Causes Garment Workers to Quit Their Jobs?

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)
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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

Learning from Crisis: Apparel Industry Expert on Mitigating the COVID-19 Pandemic and Future Crises

View our live Debate: “Learning from Crisis: Apparel Industry Expert on Mitigating the COVID-19 Pandemic and Future Crises"
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Learning from Crisis: Apparel Industry Expert on Mitigating the COVID-19 Pandemic and Future Crises

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

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

"Learning from Crisis: Apparel Industry Expert on Mitigating the COVID-19 Pandemic and Future Crises" Live Debate

Join us on Wednesday, February 8th at 9:00 a.m. for a live debate on the Cornell Global Labor Institute’s third and last paper on COVID-19 supported by the ILO: “Learning from Crisis: Apparel Industry Experts on Mitigating the COVID-19 Pandemic and Future Crises.”
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"Learning from Crisis: Apparel Industry Expert on Mitigating the COVID-19 Pandemic and Future Crises" Live Debate

Who Do Audits Really Serve? Labor and Denim Experts Have Lots to Say – Sourcing Journal

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“The [audit] system is not a system,” said Jason Judd, executive director of the ILR Global Labor Institute. “It’s a confusion of programs. It is program-rich and system-poor.”
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Who Do Audits Really Serve? Labor and Denim Experts Have Lots to Say – Sourcing Journal

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?

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

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