First, we want to thank you for your interest in the New Conversations Project at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) at Cornell University. With help from many of you to frame our work, we launched the NCP project in 2017.
The Project is dedicated to independent research and action that tries to answer this question: 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? To answer this, NCP pulls together fragmented constituencies—brands, suppliers, unions, civil society, governments, investors—for evidence-based conversations and decisions. The goal is a new generation of strategies that the evidence says can produce better outcomes for large numbers of workers.
We have completed new research—and won new funding—so we want to share some exciting results. Our team has:
- Presented new findings at the 2020 OECD ‘Due Diligence’ Conference including the new NCP/Fair Wear Foundation map of social dialogue patterns in 10 key supplier countries
- Obtained access to previously unavailable data from brands, suppliers and stakeholders—the basis of the 2021 book on private regulation of labor in global supply chains from NCP’s Academic Director Professor Sarosh Kuruvilla (January 2021 from Cornell University Press)
- Organized a special issue of the journal ILR Review for August 2020 with new research findings on sustainable labor practice in global supply chains
- Built and executed (with Fair Labor Association) a Threats to Democracy plan in support of labor rights and democracy, a first in Cambodia
- Started an expert network—alongside NCP’s academic network—with the EU-based Katalyst Initiative
Second, and most importantly, we have secured funding from Cornell’s ILR School for a full-time Executive Director of NCP. I am happy to announce that Jason Judd began work in March. Jason brings his experience in the U.S. and global labor movements, the ILO, and multi-stakeholder initiatives to NCP. We have include his bio below, and you can reach him at email@example.com.
Anna Burger will serve as Chair of the NCP Advisory Board, supporting Sarosh and Jason and their team. We are looking ahead to this intense new phase of NCP’s work, and you can expect to hear from us soon.
Thank you for your support.
Anna Burger and Sarosh Kuruvilla
Jason Judd, Executive Director
Jason previously led the Ship to Shore Rights Project at the International Labor Organization (Bangkok). He served as Vice President of the Fair Labor Association in Washington, DC, where he directed all accountability programs including the FLA's Fair Compensation work. Jason is an expert on economic policy and global labor rights who has worked in senior roles for the ILO's Better Factories Cambodia, Demos (New York), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the AFL-CIO, the Solidarity Center, and the Industrial Areas Foundation. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Financial Times, and on PBS. He is a former Fulbright Fellow, and a graduate of Duke University and l'École Nationale d’Administration (ENA/RULE). He works from the ILR School’s offices in Manhattan.