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Worker Rights and Global Trade: The U.S.-Cambodia Bilateral Textile Trade Agreement

Author: Abrami, Regina M.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2004

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Examines the political and economic dimensions of the campaign to improve workers' rights around the world through the inclusion of labor standards in international trade agreements. The U.S.-Cambodia Textile Trade Agreement was the first agreement of its kind to link increased access to U.S. markets to improved working conditions in an exporting country...

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Compliance, Collaboration, and Codes of Labor Practice

The adidas Connection

Authors: Frenkel, Stephen J.; Scott, Duncan
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2002

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Comprising networked organizations that span advanced and developing countries, the athletic footwear sector is at the cutting edge of globalization.

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The State of Responsible Competitiveness 2007: Making Sustainable Development Count in Global Markets

Authors: MacGillivray, Alex; Zadek, Simon; Gore, Al
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: AccountAbility
Publication Year: 2007

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Responsible competitiveness is about making sustainable development count in global markets. It means markets that reward business practices that deliver improved social, environmental and economic outcomes; and it means economic success for nations that encourage such business practices through public policies, societal norms and citizen actions.
The State of Responsible Competitiveness 2007 is a progress report that is global in scope. It assesses responsible business practices in 108 countries. It illuminates which countries have social conditions and are advancing public policies that encourage responsible competitiveness.

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From Exploitation to a Sustainable Labor Force: Reebok Sets a New Standard

Author: Weatherhead School of Management
Product Type: Mini-Cases
Source: Case Western Reserve University
Publication Year: 2005

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As president of Reebok’s Apparel and Retail Products Group, Marilyn Tam realized the soccer ball manufacturing operations in Pakistan were harmful to the children being forced to make the products and detrimental to the local community.

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global_governance.net: The Global Compact as Learning Network

Author: Ruggie, John Gerard
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Global Governance 7 (2001) pp. 371-378
Publication Year: 2001

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This article presents a discussion of the United Nations initiative to create a 'Global Compact', a network which engages the private sector to work with the United Nations, in partnership with international labor and NGO's, to identify, disseminate and promote good corporate practices based upon nine universal principles.

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UN Global Compact

Author:
Product Type: Web Sites
Source: United Nations
Publication Year: 2005

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The United Nations Global Compact is an initiative encouraging vendor companies to the United Nations to support nine principles focusing on human rights, labor rights, and the environment.

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Globalization and Employment by U.S. Multinationals

A Framework and Facts

Author: Slaughter, Matthew J.
Product Type: Essays and Concept Papers
Source: Unpublished manuscript, Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Publication Year: 2004

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This paper argues that the debate over employment, globalization and outsourcing is limited by a lack of information and a narrow view of the impacts of globalization on companies and their home countries...

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Novartis and the United Nations Global Compact Initiative

Author: Tavis, Lee A.
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: The Aspen Institute; The William Davidson Institute
Publication Year: 2002

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This article presents a case study of Novartis, emphasizing its relationship to the United Nations Global Compact Initiative.

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Indupalma (A1, A2)

The Initial Years, 1961-1977; The Years After the Kidnapping, 1977-1991

Authors: Fernandez, D; Trujillo, D; Gutierrez, R
Product Type: Cases
Source: Social Enterprise Knowledge Network
Publication Year: 2003

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Indupalma was managed as a plantation since its creation in 1961. Labor conditions were grim, and labor unrest was at a peak when the general manager of Indupalma was kidnapped...

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Norway Sells Wal-Mart

Authors: Pozen, Robert C.; Sesia, Aldo
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2007

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In June 2006, Norway's Pension Fund decided to divest its position in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. after an investigation by the Fund's Ethics Council...

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Down on the Tomato Farm

Author: Friedland, Julian
Product Type: Cases
Source: Leeds School of Business
Publication Year: 2006

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Should migrant workers have labor rights?

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The Promise and Limits of Private Power: Promoting Labor Standards in a Global Economy

Author: Locke, Richard M.
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Cambridge University Press
Publication Year: 2013

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This book examines and evaluates various private initiatives to enforce fair labor standards within global supply chains. Through careful, empirically grounded analysis, it illustrates the mix of private and public regulation needed to address these complex issues in a global economy....

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Timberland: Commerce and Justice

Authors: Austin, James E.; Leonard, Herman B.; Quinn, James W.
Product Type: Cases
Source: HBS Premier Case Collection
Publication Year: 2004

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When Jeffrey Swartz became the third generation in his family to lead the Timberland Co., he pursued a strategy in which commerce and justice were "inextricably linked."

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Improving the Conditions of Workers?

Minimum Wage Legislation and Anti-Sweatshop Activism

Authors: Harrison, Ann; Scorse, Jason
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Harvard University Press
Publication Year: 2006

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Indonesian government--prompted by the U.S. government--greatly increased its minimum wage.

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Global Corporate Social Responsibility

Cornell University: NBA 642

Author: Iankova, Elena
Product Type: Syllabi
Source: Cornell University, Johnson Graduate School of Management
Publication Year: 2006

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This course will introduce students to the various practices developed by multinational corporations in their attempt to redefine their role on a world stage as “global citizens” – actively participating in creating a safer, more humane, sustainable world.

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Nike's Dispute with the University of Oregon

Authors: Lawrence, A; Morris, R
Product Type: Cases
Source: The Case Research Journal
Publication Year: 2001

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In April 2000, Philip Knight, Founder and Deputy Executive Officer of the athletic shoe and apparel company Nike Inc, announced that he would no longer give money to his alma mater, the University of Oregon, because the university had joined the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC). Knight was upset because Nike had helped found and was an active supporter of a different approach to establishing fair wages and working conditions in the overseas shoe and apparel industry.

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Primark: £10? Ooh that's Expensive!

Authors: Villanueva, Julián; Nueno, José Luis; Ziskind, Julie
Product Type: Cases
Source: IESE Business School
Publication Year: 2011

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Could Mr. Marchant continue to make Primark a UK success while at the same time adapting its unique business model to suit new geographies? Could he once and for all dispel the perennial controversy regarding Primark's one weak link: suppliers' use of cheap factory labor?

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Bayer CropScience in India (A, B)

Against Child Labor; Value-Driven Strategy

Authors: Dhanaraj, Charles; Branzei, Oana; Subramanian, Satyajeet
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2011

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The case explores value-driven strategy formulation and implementation by bringing to the fore issues of ethics, responsible leadership, social intitiatives in emerging markets and the global-local tensions in corporate social responsibility. It examines how Bayer CropScience addressed the issue of child labour in its cotton seed supply chain in rural India between 2002 and 2008.

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Beyond Monitoring

A New Vision for Sustainable Supply Chains

Author:
Product Type: Cases
Source: Business for Social Responsibility
Publication Year: 2007

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In the early 1990s, public attention to the working conditions in ever-lengthening global supply chains erupted. The result of this eruption has been the creation of codes of conduct enforced through non-governmental monitoring schemes. These codes of conduct have made substantial contributions over the last 15 years but it has become increasingly clear that a new framework is needed to achieve more systemic and sustainable change.

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Hitting the Wall: Nike and International Labor Practices

Authors: Spar, Debora L.; Burns, Jennifer
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2000

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After years of high-profile media attention as the company that can "just do it," Nike is suddenly being portrayed as a firm that relies on low-cost, exploited labor in its overseas plants...

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The Children Behind Our Cotton

Author: Environmental Justice Foundation
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: Environmental Justice Foundation
Publication Year: 2007

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Six of the world’s top seven cotton producers have been reported to use children in the field. Forced child labour – a clear contravention of the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Convention on the Worst Forms of Child Labour – is disturbingly common.

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High Road or Low Road? Job Quality in the New Green Economy

Author: Mattera, Philip
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: Good Jobs First
Publication Year: 2009

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The fact that an employer is engaged in a business that benefits the environment does not necessarily mean that the employees of that enterprise are going to be treated well.

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The Case of the Plant Relocation

Author: Musalo, Karen
Product Type: Cases
Source: Makkula Center for Applied Ethics
Publication Year: 2005

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Your company can make more money for shareholders by relocating plants to a country with low costs and fewer regulations. What's your decision?

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Business and Human Rights: The Case of Hewlett Packard

Authors: McElhaney, Kellie A.; Hill, Natalie
Product Type: Cases
Source: Center for Responsible Business, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, California
Publication Year: 2003

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This case study describes how a technology company developed a Human Rights and Labor Policy within their Global Citizenship strategy, and is engaged in the complex and unclearly defined issues of human rights within their business...

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Haier Hefei Electronics Co. (A, B, C)

Author: Paine, Lynn S.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2007

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When Haier takes over the Yellow Mountain television factory in the distant Hefei province at the behest of Hefei's government, workers strike against the Haier culture and what it stands for.

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Designing A New Course: The Global Environment of Business

Author: Conklin, David W.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Journal of International Business Education, 1 (1)
Publication Year: 2003

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Businesses confront significant differences among countries in regard to industry structures as well as economic, political, societal and technological forces. These differences create new challenges and opportunities for a business as it extends its activities internationally...
   

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Charles Veillon, S.A. (A)

Author: Paine, Lynn S.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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The top management team at Charles Veillon, a Swiss mail-order company, is considering whether to work with a human rights organization to monitor the labor practices of its suppliers. A particular concern is avoiding child labor and other forms of workplace coercion...

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Search of the Week Archive

Author: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Product Type:
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2011

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CasePlace.org’s Searches of the Week.

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15 Minutes with Hannah Jones

Author: Phills, James A., Jr.
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles; Interviews
Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review
Publication Year: 2007

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What goes in and out of fashion changes continually, and the apparel industry likes it that way because it creates a constant demand for new products. But it also poses a challenge for Nike as the company attempts to reduce its environmental footprint and become greener.

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Improving Work Conditions in a Global Supply Chain

Authors: Locke, Richard M.; Romis, Monica
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 1997

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Many multinational companies attempt to monitor working conditions in suppliers' factories in developing countries through corporate codes of conduct, along with monitoring to determine compliance. The authors conclude that global brands could help improve working conditions in supply chain factories by working with suppliers to help them introduce new management systems.

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Corporate Social Impacts: Comparing U.K. and U.S. Corporate Policies and Practices

The George Washington Unversity: SMPP 297.61

Author: Griffin, Jennifer
Product Type: Syllabi
Source: The George Washington University: School of Business
Publication Year: 2006

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This class explores the similarities, differences, and consequences of corporate social impacts by focusing on three controversial industries: tobacco, alcohol, and petrochemicals. This course expands existing conceptual frameworks by integrating three perspectives: (1) corporate strategy, (2) international globalization and civil society, and (3) corporate social responsibility.

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Monitoring Factories Around the Globe: The Fair Labor Association and The Workers Rights Consortium

Authors: Chang, Victoria; Carroll, Glenn
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
Publication Year: 2008

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In 1999, the nonprofit Fair Labor Association (FLA) was launched to monitor factories around the world for sweatshop-related infractions. Another key nonprofit player, the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC), was launched in 2000. The two organizations had similar goals, but very different histories, strategies, and ways of operating.

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The Future of Fashion

The Future of Labor Management

Authors: Johnson, Jennifer; Wu, Gina
Product Type: Teaching Modules
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2010

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Learning Objective: To discuss workforce management issues in global supply chains, highlighting the tension between distributed labor and centralized responsibility. The material allows students to discuss both sides of the labor debate: it shows that even low-wage employment can be used as a path to economic development, and also that the global search for low-wage labor has lead to human rights abuses and other ethical problems. It also highlights the potential advantages of human capital investment for innovation and operations, if properly developed.

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Inspirational Guide for the Implementation of PRME: Placing Sustainability at the Heart of Management Education

Author: GSE Research Limited
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: GSE Research Limited; United Nations Global Compact, Principles for Responsible Management Education
Publication Year: 2012

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While consensus has been reached by the majority of globally focused management education institutions that sustainability must be incorporated into management education curricula, the relevant question is no longer why management education should change, but how? This Guide addresses frequently asked questions concerning the implementation of principles for responsible management education by highlighting real world examples with cases from dozens of institutions in countries around the world...

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China's Evolving Labor Laws (A, B)

Authors: Paine, Lynn Sharp; Sesia, Aldo
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2009

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The case describes key provisions of the new labor contract law proposed by China's National People's Congress in 2006.

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Access Teaching Module- Full Version

Authors: Johnson, Jennifer; Scully, Maureen
Product Type: Teaching Modules
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2009

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FULL VERSION OF TEACHING MODULE. Access, to new markets and materials, to new sources of labor and information, to new communities and new ideas, is crucial to business, and can also serve as a way to spread the benefits of economic development to people and their communities.

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Access: Teaching Questions and Additional References

Authors: Johnson, Jennifer; Scully, Maureen
Product Type: Teaching Modules
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2009

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Access: Teaching Questions and Additional References

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Access: Business and Society

Authors: Johnson, Jennifer; Scully, Maureen
Product Type: Teaching Modules
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2009

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How does access make a difference when it comes to corporate social responsibility or to the social and environmental costs of globalization, and how are businesses affected by increased connectivity to communities, to nonprofits, or to stakeholders?

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Access: Information and Innovation

Authors: Johnson, Jennifer; Scully, Maureen
Product Type: Teaching Modules
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2009

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How does access to ideas and information change the way people live and work?

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Access: Microfinance

Authors: Johnson, Jennifer; Scully, Maureen
Product Type: Teaching Modules
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2009

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In contrast to the downside of globalization, access to capital and other resources is one way in which increased connectivity helps the poor.

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Access: New Markets, New Methods

Authors: Johnson, Jennifer; Scully, Maureen
Product Type: Teaching Modules
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2009

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As businesses reach new markets they not only find more resources and consumers, but also new ways of doing business.

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Access: Outsourcing

Authors: Johnson, Jennifer; Scully, Maureen
Product Type: Teaching Modules
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2009

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How businesses can access the benefits of a global marketplace without falling prey to the accompanying risks is a critical question.

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Access Teaching Module

Authors: Johnson, Jennifer; Scully, Maureen
Product Type: Teaching Modules
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2009

Faculty Rating: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars [1 Faculty Rating] 14633 views

Access, to new markets and materials, to new sources of labor and information, to new communities and new ideas, is crucial to business, and can also serve as a way to spread the benefits of economic development to people and their communities. How does access bring value to business and society and can it also be used to reduce the downside of globalization?

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Degamex

Authors: Oyevaar, Martin; Lommerse, Gerard
Product Type: Cases
Source:
Publication Year: 2004

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The goal of this case is to help students become familiar with the concept Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), or Socially Justified Enterprising (SJE). Besides Socially Justified Enterprising attention will be paid to longlasting development at macro level.

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China Minmetals Corporation and Noranda Inc.

Author: Litvak, Isaiah A.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2011

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The proposed takeover of Noranda Inc. (one of the biggest mineral players in the world) by the Chinese state owned enterprise, China Minmetals Corporation, was cause for Canadian government concern as it required some understanding about the workings and objectives of state owned enterprises. There was particular concern around the labour issues and human rights violations in China...

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John McCulloch - United Beef Packers

Authors: Erskine, James A.; Dolansky, Eric
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2009

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John McCulloch takes a job as assistant general manager at a meat packing plant. After a short time in the job, he discovers it was nothing like he expected...

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Nike Inc.: Developing an Effective Public Relations Strategy

Authors: Everett, Donna R.; Slaughter, Kathleen E.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2000

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It had been almost a decade since the first article surfaced in the media alleging that factories sub-contracted by Nike in China and Indonesia were forcing workers to work long hours for low pay, and for physically and verbally abusive managers. The article was the seed of a media campaign that created a public relations nightmare for the company...

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U.S. Trust: Evaluating Labor Practices (Unabridged)

Authors: Tulloch, Henry W.; Cook, Stephen B.; Paine, Lynn S.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Darden Business Publishing
Publication Year: 1991

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The Socially Sensitive Investing Group at U.S. Trust is asked to develop criteria for assessing the fairness of labor practices in both union and nonunion companies. U.S. Trust's client, the Calvert Social Investment Fund, wants more explicit standards than those currently in use...

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The Promise and Perils of Globalization: The Case of Nike

Author: Locke, Richard
Product Type: Cases
Source: This case is published as a chapter, “The Promise and Perils of Globalization: The Case of Nike”, in the book Management: Inventing and Delivering Its Future.
Publication Year: 2003

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This case study of Nike Inc. traces the evolution of Nike's policies and practices vis-à-vis labor and environmental standards. The case illustrates the company's evolving definition and commitment to good corporate citizenship and the continuing controversy surrounding the company's practices in this arena.

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IKEA's Global Sourcing Challenge (A, B)

Indian Rugs and Child Labor

Authors: Bartlett, Christopher A.; Dessain, Vincent; Sjoman, Anders
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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Traces the history of IKEA's response to a TV report that its Indian carpet suppliers were using child labor. Describes IKEA's growth, including the importance of a sourcing strategy based on its close relationships with suppliers in developing countries...

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