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Tuesday, November 27
 

9:00am

Snapshot: New insights? Labour governance in the garment industry

Brief description of the presentation:
We provide insights from the Garment Supply Chain Governance Project (www.garmentgov.de), a global coalition of academic researchers, researching the evolution of labour governance in garment value chains since the shocking collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh. We present findings based on original survey and interview data from Bangladeshi workers, factory managers and global garment brands and retailers. Our worker survey provides a unique insight into workers’ perceptions of the changes brought by the Accord and Alliance in Bangladesh. We report on improvements perceived by workers, as well as areas where they note little change. Factory managers describe a transformation of safety culture, but also serious concerns regarding the implications of the Accord and Alliance. Finally, we outline the key trends and challenges in the labour governance practices of global brands and retailers identified by our research.

Presentation objectives: 
To report on the impact of post-Rana Plaza changes on Bangladeshi garment workers, factories and global brands.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander

Research Officer, London School of Economics and Political Science
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Sarah Ashwin

Professor of Comparative Employment Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science
I am a Professor of Employment Relations in the Department of Management at the London School of Economics. My research interests are in Corporate Social Responsibility and International Labour Standards; employment relations; gender, employment and households, as well as employment... Read More →


Tuesday November 27, 2018 9:00am - 9:15am
Room XXIV

9:15am

Snapshot: New insights After Rana-Plaza: Business, Labor, and Global Supply Chains in Bangladesh
Watch live https://unog.webex.com/unog/j.php?MTID=m348204de54827ff86dddc81016b390ac
Brief description of the presentation:
April 24, 2013 will be known as the day of the deadliest garment factory accident in history. More than 1,100 people died when an eight story building in Bangladesh, Rana Plaza, collapsed. This tragedy was significant because the horrific and preventable nature of the disaster made global stakeholders realize that it could no longer be “business as usual” for the garment industry. In the aftermath, Western companies invested in two organizations designed to strictly monitor and inspect a portion of Bangladesh’s registered factories.

Presentation objectives :
This presentation will critique the strategies employed over the last five years by Western retailers focused on monitoring and compliance, while neglecting issues around the entire global supply chain, as well as propose solutions to further improve the sector and to prevent horrific tragedies like Rana Plaza from occurring in the future.

Speakers
avatar for Sanchita Banerjee Saxena

Sanchita Banerjee Saxena

Executive Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Sanchita Banerjee Saxena is the Executive Director of the Institute for South Asia Studies (Institute) at UC Berkeley and the Director of the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies under the Institute. She is the author of Made in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Sri... Read More →


Tuesday November 27, 2018 9:15am - 9:30am
Room XXIV