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Sustainable Labor Practices in Global Supply Chains

If our goal is supply chain labor relations and business practices that end abusive labor practices, what do private and public regulation systems need to look like in the 21st century?

Housed in the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, the New Conversations Project is dedicated to independent research and action on a new generation of strategies that the evidence says can produce better outcomes for large numbers of workers. To get there, NCP pulls together the fragmented constituencies—global buyers, suppliers, unions, civil society, regulators, investors—needed to make it real.

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NCP Sourcing Journal Series

The New Conversations Project is publishing a limited series in the Sourcing Journal on latest research findings related to private regulation. These pieces are designed to de-code important new academic research for actors in the global supply chain.
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Social Dialogue in the 21st Century Project Reports

The Social Dialogue in the 21st Century Project published ten country reports - plus the NCP Synthesis Report - on obstacles to social dialogue in the global garment supply chain.
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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 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 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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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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