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New Solutions for Labor Practices in Global Supply Chains

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Share Insights. Adopt New Strategies. Enhance Performance.

Transform labor practices to strengthen your global supply chain and drive business performance.

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Schedule & Details


A private regulation program effective in enforcing ethical labor practices is essential to a strong global supply chain. Protecting worker health and safety is vital not only to your organization's compliance strategy but also its productivity, sustainability and performance.

Join Sarosh Kuruvilla, ILR Professor and Academic Director of the New Conversations Project on Sustainable Labor Practices in the Global Economy, for an interactive one-day program that explores how evidence-based decision-making and rigorous analysis of supply chain data lead to better integration of sourcing and compliance efforts and more effective predictive modeling for private regulation.

During this session, Professor Kuruvilla will present new research that examines how ineffective private regulation programs impair global supply chains and undermine organizational performance. His solutions address the root cause with three main field-level issues: practice multiplicity, behavioral invisibility and causal complexity.

As part of this one-day program, you will:

  • Engage in panel and group discussions with industry leaders and experts who will share first-hand experiences and insights
  • Identify approaches for developing a strong compliance strategy that integrates with and advances your corporate code of conduct

Learning Objectives

  • Discover barriers to achieving sustainable labor practices in global supply chains
  • Identify recommended best practices and evidence-based research to improve organizational performance
  • Use evidence-based decision-making to link compliance strategies with sourcing opportunities
  • Target tangible actions to improve social auditing programs and align them with corporate codes of conduct

Who Should Participate

Mid- to senior-level leaders tasked with corporate social responsibility, sustainability, compliance, and/or supply chain management. NGOs and corporations working in labor compliance, auditing and labor standards.

Recognition of Achievement

Certificate of Completion from the Cornell ILR School


Session 1

Examine the current effectiveness of global company private regulation programs and its impact on labor practices

Explore the evidence of progress, the rationale for not reporting progress and barriers to success

Create an analysis of your own organization's programs and approach

Directed group discussion

Session 2

Learn how to improve private regulation and corporate social responsibility programs to address labor issues

Examine whether code of conduct standards are "internalized," methods for improving the auditing and the role of multi-brand collaboration

Learn how "niche" institutions can help and how to use data gathering and analysis tools effectively

Panel discussion and Q&A with leading industry practitioners

Session 3

Identify effective strategies for global companies to integrate sourcing and compliance efforts

Analyze a case study reflecting a leading firm's challenges and implemented solutions

Assess how the role of predictive analysis and evidence-based decision making impact the quality of private regulation programs

Directed group discussion

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