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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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Interns Reach Global Audience

Interns hosted by ILR’s New Conversations Project worked with groups across the globe this summer.
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Interns Reach Global Audience

"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

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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NCP Sourcing Journal Series

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

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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Social Dialogue in the 21st Century Project Reports