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Dignity factory workers producing shirts for overseas clients, in Accra, Ghana

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.

Latest News and Events

“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.
Garment workers live debate
“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.
garment workers in a factory
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.
fishing boat in Thailand
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
worker protest
Conference: New Rules and New Research

“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.
Ho Chi Minh map
“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.
Sarosh Kuruvilla Book Cover
Is private regulation working? Book launch with Sourcing Journal on May 25