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Governing Corporate Social Responsibility in the Apparel Industry after Rana Plaza

Editors: Hira, Anil, Benson-Rea, Maureen (Eds.)

  • Examines the ongoing issues behind weak labor standards in the clothing industry.
  • Analyzes why multinational companies have been unable to improve such standards that harm their reputations.
  • Proposes new approaches to governance of the clothing industry through potential arrangements involving multinationals, governments, workers, non-governmental organizations and consumers.  
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This edited collection critically explores the efforts of the apparel industry to improve safety conditions and suggests governance reforms that will resolve lingering issues. The volume examines two consortia: the Alliance and the Accord, which set up cooperative auditing systems of supplying factories and penalties for non-compliance, and include funding to help factories comply and for workers if factories are idled during repairs, though the editors raise doubts about the long-lasting value of such efforts.  In the wake of the 2013 Rana Plaza disaster, leading researchers across labor relations and industry studies tackle and debate such issues, giving their perspective of how multinationals operating in developing countries should regulate labor standards in order to resolve and improve the substandard working conditions under which much of our clothing is made. 

About the authors

Andy Hira is Professor of Political Science at Simon Fraser University, Canada. He is an expert on economic competitiveness, with an emphasis on the challenges for developing countries. He is the author of What Makes Clusters Competitive? Cases from the Global Wine Industry and Mapping Out the Triple Helix: How institutional coordination is achieved in the global wine industry.

 

Maureen Benson-Rea is Senior Lecturer Associate Professor of Management and International Business at the University of Auckland Business School, NZ. She has published extensively in the areas of international business, strategy, and marketing in such publications as Multinational Business Review and Journal of Business Research. She has also published on South Asian suppliers in the Global Apparel Value Chain, and is currently leading research projects on multinational decision-making and anti-consumption.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Hira, Anil (et al.)

    Pages 1-28

  • Threads of Despair: An Argument for the Public Option in Garment Governance

    Hira, Anil

    Pages 29-79

  • The Legacy of Rana Plaza: Improving Labour and Social Standards in Bangladesh’s Apparel Industry

    Rahman, Mustafizur (et al.)

    Pages 81-109

  • A Governance Deficit in the Apparel Industry in Bangladesh: Solutions to the Impasse?

    Islam, Mohammad Tarikul (et al.)

    Pages 111-145

  • Anti-consumption and Governance in the Global Fashion Industry: Transparency is Key

    Lee, Michael S. W. (et al.)

    Pages 147-174

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-60179-7
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-60178-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Governing Corporate Social Responsibility in the Apparel Industry after Rana Plaza
Editors
  • Anil Hira
  • Maureen Benson-Rea
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-60179-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-60179-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-60178-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 181
Number of Illustrations and Tables
23 b/w illustrations
Topics