Social Dialogue in the 21st Century is a collaborative project between the Cornell ILR School's New Conversations Project and the Strategic Partnership for Garment Supply Chain Transformation (SP), which includes the Fair Wear Foundation, CNV Internationaal, and Mondiaal FNV with support from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The project provides a root-cause analysis of barriers to impactful social dialogue in the project's ten target countries: Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Ethiopia, India, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Mexico, Honduras, and Vietnam.
The Project has published a Synthesis Report summarizing findings of a year-long mapping exercise across the 10 garment-producing countries listed above. Additionally, the Project produced country reports analyzing the barriers to social dialogue in these countries. This research looks beyond the traditional social partners in order to map the interests and roles of the complex network of actors in supply chains. These reports also examine the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic -- a high-stakes 'stress test' -- on social dialogue structures and habits in the global apparel industry. More on the project is available here.
Read the Project's reports below:
- Mapping Social Dialogue in Apparel: Synthesis Report by J. Lowell Jackson, Anna Burger, and Jason Judd
- Bangladesh by Jakir Hossain and Afroza Akter
- Bulgaria by Dr. Elena Iankova
- Cambodia by Veasna Nuon
- Ethiopia by S. Andreas Admasie
- Honduras by Yadira Minero
- India by Surendra Pratap
- Indonesia by Indrasari Tjandraningsih
- Mexico by Alex Covarrubias
- Myanmar by Gavan Blau
- Vietnam by Do Quynh Chi
A video of a session discussing findings from the Project at the 2021 OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector is available below: