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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?

Social Dialogue in the 21st Century Project Reports

World map with Mexico, Honduras, Bulgaria, Ethiopia, India, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Indonesia highlighted in red.

Social Dialogue in the 21st Century is a collaborative project between the Cornell ILR School's New Conversations Project and the Strategic Partnership for Garment Supply Chain Transformation (SP), which includes the Fair Wear Foundation, CNV Internationaal, and Mondiaal FNV with support from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The project provides a root-cause analysis of barriers to impactful social dialogue in the project's ten target countries: Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Ethiopia, India, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Mexico, Honduras, and Vietnam.

The Project has published a Synthesis Report summarizing findings of a year-long mapping exercise across the 10 garment-producing countries listed above. Additionally, the Project produced country reports analyzing the barriers to social dialogue in these countries. This research looks beyond the traditional social partners in order to map the interests and roles of the complex network of actors in supply chains. These reports also examine the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic -- a high-stakes 'stress test' -- on social dialogue structures and habits in the global apparel industry. More on the project is available here.

Read the Project's reports below:

A video of a session discussing findings from the Project at the 2021 OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector is available below: