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Private Regulation of Labor Standards in Global Supply Chains

Sarosh Kuruvilla, Ning Li, and J. Lowell Jackson

This paper, published as a chapter in the International Labor Organization's 2021 volume: Decent Work in a Globalized Economy, shares Professor Sarosh Kuruvilla and the New Conversations Project's new research on the limited progress of private regulation over a decade in multiple countries. The chapter presents a new explanation of the lack of sustained progress based on institutional theory. The chapter also outlines some pathways to transform the organizational field from its current opacity - the inability to see what works - to a more transparent one in which best practices are visible. Such transformation is necessary to effect improvement in workers' lives in global supply chains.

Read the volume here (the Chapter begins on page 185)

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