New Conversations Project Conference 2017

The New Conversations Project inaugural conference, held Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at the Prince George Ballroom, New York, New York, brought together stakeholders working in the area of labor compliance in global supply chains, including retailers, brands and manufacturers; NGOs and other civil society organizations; academics and researchers; policymakers, social auditors and other supply chain professionals in order to:

  • Learn from new research on the post-Rana Plaza factory safety initiatives (the Accord and Alliance), and on the ILO/IFC Better Work Program.
  • Discuss what lies ahead and specifically how the roles of multi-stakeholders could change as we try to secure and promote workers’ rights in global supply chains.
  • Discuss the changing landscape of trade regulation under the new Trump administration and its potential impact on efforts to promote workers’ rights in global supply chains.

Please read the CONFERENCE REPORT here.

Thank you to the diverse group of conference attendees in helping make this conference engaging and dynamic:

Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking
Ambattur Clothing Limited
American Apparel & Footwear Association
Asset Management US Inc.
Bangladesh Accord on Fire & Buiding Safety
Brooklyn Law School
Business for Social Responsibility
C&A Foundation
Cole Haan
Cornell University
Eileen Fisher
Ergon Associates
Esquel Group
Fair Labor Association
Fair Wear Foundation
Federazione Italiana Lavoratori del Commercio  
Ford Foundation 
Fordham University Law School 
Foreign Trade Association
GAP Inc.
Georgetown University
GlobalWorks Foundation  
Good World Solutions
GoodWeave International
Grace Farms Foundation
Harvard Business School
HP Inc.
Humanity United
International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF)
International Corporate Accountability Roundtable
International Finance Corporation
Just Style
Li & Fung
Macy's Merchandising Group
MIT Sloan School of Management
National Child Labor Committee
New Markets Lab
Nike, Inc. 
New York University
Open Society Foundations
Oxfam America
PVH Corp
Rutgers Business School
The New School
Shingora Textiles
Social Accountability International (SAI)
Solidarity Center
Sorini Samet & Associates
Sustainable Agriculture Network
Tata Steel Limited
Tchibo GmbH
Texas A&M
Tufts University
University of Cambridge
University of Oxford
University of Virginia
VF Corporation
Walt Disney Company
Workers United
Workplace Solutions
York University


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