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Research and New Conversations about Work in Global Supply Chains

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Wages trump safety standards for global apparel workers

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Wages trump safety standards for global apparel workers

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

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

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

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.
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Study confirms need for binding agreements on pay

Wage-related abuses in fishing industry exacerbated by pandemic response

Cornell University researchers for the ILO’s Ship to Shore Rights South-East Asia project, examined how workers were impacted by the pandemic in the fishing and seafood-processing industries.
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Wage-related abuses in fishing industry exacerbated by pandemic response

“Security for Apparel Workers: Alternative Models” Live Debate

Join us on Tuesday, 31 May at 9 a.m. Eastern (3 p.m. CET and 7 p.m. Dhaka) for a live debate about a global severance program with IndustriALL General Secretary Atle Høie, President of Sommilito Garment Sramik Federation Nazma Akter and others.
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“Security for Apparel Workers: Alternative Models” Live Debate

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.
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Global Severance Pay Program Outlined

ILR and ILO Make Suggestions to Help Fishers in Southeast Asia

Researchers from ILR’s New Conversations Project and the International Labour Organization have documented problems faced by fishers, especially migrants, during the pandemic and provided a list of potential policy changes to effect change.
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ILR and ILO Make Suggestions to Help Fishers in Southeast Asia

Conference: New Rules and New Research

NCP Conference Thursday, June 16, 2022. Will take place at NYC Cornell University ILR Center, 570 Lexington Ave. (12th Floor). New York City, New York 10022 Time: 9 a.m. – 5:15 p.m
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Conference: New Rules and New Research

Live Event: Rough Seas - COVID’s impact on work in fishing

New Cornell NCP/ILO Ship to Shore Rights brief on fishing in Southeast Asia looks back at the COVID-19 pandemic impacts and responses.
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Live Event: Rough Seas - COVID’s impact on work in fishing

“Repeat, Regain or Renegotiate?” NCP Working Paper No. 2 asks What's the future of apparel?

Cornell NCP's Jason Judd and Lowell Jackson plot the decades-long, pre-pandemic trajectories of apparel industry consolidation, automation, e-commerce, sourcing patterns, and governance of labor practices against three possible scenarios for the industry in the post-pandemic era. This paper also appears as an ILO Better Work Discussion Paper.
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“Repeat, Regain or Renegotiate?” NCP Working Paper No. 2 asks What's the future of apparel?

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

Live Debate: Repeat, Regain or Re-negotiate? The post-COVID future of global apparel

Cornell NCP hosts a live virtual debate on Tuesday, October 12 on NCP's new paper on the future of the apparel industry: 'Repeat, Regain or Re-negotiate?' The analyses track apparel industry concentration, climate crisis impacts, automation, shifting sourcing patterns and public-vs-private regulation for three post-pandemic scenarios.
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Live Debate: Repeat, Regain or Re-negotiate? The post-COVID future of global apparel

NCP Workshops and Training Programs

NCP launches live workshops and training programs for various stakeholders in the sustainability eco-system regarding labor standards in global supply chains. These workshops and courses are relevant to global corporations, auditing firms, NGOs, consulting companies, labor unions, and others.
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NCP Workshops and Training Programs

NCP at OECD: Is Social Dialogue Part of Fashion's Post-COVID Cure?

NCP and the Strategic Partnership for Garment Supply Chain Transformation led a session sharing NCP's mapping of social dialogue in response to the COVID-19 pandemic at the 2021 OECD Due Diligence Forum.
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NCP at OECD: Is Social Dialogue Part of Fashion's Post-COVID Cure?

NCP Event: How do we fix trade policy to help workers?

What has to change in U.S. trade policy to improve labor practices in global supply chains? Join the Cornell ILR School's New Conversations Project and Sandra Polaski, Senior Research Scholar at Boston University’s Global Development Policy Center, on 19 January 2021. 
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NCP Event: How do we fix trade policy to help workers?

Webinar: How do we resolve labor disputes under global supply chain agreements?

NCP leads webinar on a new proposal for model arbitration provisions in enforceable brand agreements between labor advocates and global firms.
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Webinar: How do we resolve labor disputes under global supply chain agreements?

Katalyst Initiative: Human Rights Due Diligence, Making it Mandatory

New Conversations Project expert publishes article for the European University Institute on the movement to implement mandatory human rights due diligence laws
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Katalyst Initiative: Human Rights Due Diligence, Making it Mandatory

Special Issue on Labor Regulation in Global Supply Chains in the ILR Review August 2020 issue

ILR Review, August 2020, is a special Issue on Labor Relations in Global Supply Chains
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Special Issue on Labor Regulation in Global Supply Chains in the ILR Review August 2020 issue

Fair Fashion Think Tank COVID-19 Podcast

NCP Executive Director Jason Judd participates in COVID-19 podcast with the Fair Fashion Think Tank
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Fair Fashion Think Tank COVID-19 Podcast

The Conversation - Why apparel brands' efforts to police their supply chains aren't working

In The Conversation, NCP Executive Director Jason Judd and Academic Director Sarosh Kuruvilla share new research on private regulation in the global apparel trade and the COVID-19 crisis.
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The Conversation - Why apparel brands' efforts to police their supply chains aren't working