Initiatives towards responsible labour conditions in a product’s life cycle. This is often incorporated in a company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy.
Focus serves to ensure that workers involved in a product’s life cycle have dignified living conditions talking into ethical concerns of the industry.
- Sub-suppliers do not always share a company’s values; consequently in some places it is necessary to monitor sub-suppliers, which is time consuming and expensive.
The Code of Conduct is based on International Labour Organization (ILO) standards and seeks to protect the workers in manufacturing (www.fairlabor.org/our-work/code-of-conduct).
The organisation, Clean Clothes Campaign, focuses on improving working conditions in the global garment industry (www.cleanclothescampaign.org).
The company, Carcel provides jobs and a fair living wage to women in prison in some of the World’s poorest countries (www.carcel.co).
The company, Fairphone focuses on using materials from conflict-free areas and enabling workers to organise in labour organisations (www.fairphone.com).
Crane et al. (2008). The Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility. Oxford University Press
Moon (2014). Corporate Social Responsibility: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press
Ross (2004). Slaves to Fashion – Poverty and Abuse in the New Sweatshops. Michigan University Press.