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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

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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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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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