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Mandatory transparency, discretionary disclosure

New transparency regulations in some places theoretically require companies to report on forced labour in their supply chains, but a new review finds that's not what's happening.

Voices from the supply chain: an interview with Cathy Feingold

At this year's International Labour Conference, BTS interviewed US labour leader Cathy Feingold.

A proposal for transnational supply chain labour regulation

Supply chains without international cooperation will never work, but an international average minimum wage backed up by enforcement mechanisms and the correct incentives could help produce a just global economy.

Saving the children with songs and light refreshments

If the conversation at the ILO's ‘high level panel discussion on child labour’ had lived up to its name the world might have started to make progress on this important issue. Español

#ILC2016: What happened? What’s next?

This year’s International Labour Conference could represent a turning point in the struggle to regulate global supply chains.

All about the money

A commonly overlooked but very simple mechanism for promoting decent work in global supply chains is to improve the recovery of unpaid wages.

Promoting decent work in supply chains? An interview with Benjamin Selwyn

Governments, business leaders and labour unions are gathering to discuss decent work in global supply chains. We interview Sussex Lecturer Benjamin Selwyn about why this is so important. Español

Decent work in a globalised world? Week one at the International Labour Conference and the supply chains dilemma

Week one of #ILC2016 has finished with workers and employers divided. What are the prospects for the all-important week two and any potential convention on decent work in supply chains?

The Apple way to make products: a response to Apple’s 10th ‘supplier responsibility progress report’

Apple is among the world’s largest companies and has a supply chain to match, but does its claim to be strict on supplier labour standards hold water?

State-led forced labour in the cotton industry

Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, both vital nodes in the textile industry's supply chain, compel citizens to pick cotton, prevent worker organisation, and suppress critics. Could the ILC 2016 change that?

Global supply chains: time for a new deal?

Decades of voluntary corporate social responsibility initiatives have failed to deliver living wages, safe factories, or effective protections for workers’ rights to organise and bargain collectively.

This summer at the ILC, let’s think bigger

This International Labour Conference opens an overdue discussion on work in supply chains. If we want to go beyond the minimum of decent work, we must ask the biggest questions.

Global supply chains: what does labour want?

For the workers of the world, global supply chains are not and cannot be sustainable unless they are based on the principles of decent work. Español

BTS explainer: what is the International Labour Conference?

This will be the 105th session of the International Labour Conference, but how many people know what it is and why it’s important?

Making supply chains work for workers? The 2016 International Labour Conference and beyond

Employers, worker’s organisations and politicians are gathering to discuss decent work in global supply chains. BTS launches three months of multimedia analysis asking how – if at all – we can guarantee it.

The ILO report on ‘decent work in global supply chains’ - much ado about nothing?

The background report for the International Labour Conference 2016 raises important questions about supply chain responsibility, but does not provide enough answers about the way forward.

Labour in supply chains

What has forced labour to do with poverty?
NICOLA PHILLIPS
The role of labour market intermediaries in driving forced and unfree labour
KENDRA STRAUSS
Capitalism’s unfree global workforce
SUSAN FERGUSON and DAVID MCNALLY
Free to stitch, or starve: capitalism and unfreedom in the global garment industry
ALESSANDRA MEZZADRI
Harsh labour: bedrock of global capitalism
BENJAMIN SELWYN
Global supply chains: the role of law? A role for law!
ANDREAS RÜHMKORF
ILO campaigns: missing the wood for the trees?
JENS LERCHE
What would loosen the roots of labour exploitation in supply chains?
RACHEL WILSHAW
The 2014 ILO protocol: a new standard, but will states make it real?
JEROEN BEIRNAERT and ZUZANNA MUSKAT-GORKA

ITUC Frontlines 2016 Polls

Voices from the global supply chain

asiafloorwagelogo_150h.jpg A global coalition of trade unions, worker rights and human rights organisations will be at the ILO in Geneva for the International Labour Conference this June. In advance of the conference, the coalition has released a series of groundbreaking reports detailing human rights and labour abuses across the seafood and garment sectors, and across the global supply chain as a whole.

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