A New Vision for Sustainable Supply Chains
Source: Business for Social Responsibility
Number of pages: 20
In the early 1990s, public attention to the working conditions in ever-lengthening global supply chains erupted. At their best, increasingly complex production chains brought efficiencies for manufacturers, enterprise development and employment in emerging economies, and cost savings for consumers in developed economies. But for many people, this new business model became emblematic of how globalization delivered poor working and environmental conditions. The immediate solution, codes of conduct enforced through non-governmental monitoring schemes, has now taken root in global business. This is now the dominant platform on which multinational companies, their suppliers, NGOs, workers and their representatives have aimed to protect core labor rights. This development represents nothing less than a fundamental remaking of the way labor rights are enforced for millions of workers producing goods for the global marketplace. While this global movement has made substantial contributions over the past 15 years, it is increasingly clear that a new framework is needed to achieve more systemic and sustainable change.