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CSR Articles and Reports

May-June 2018

Theory and Practice

“Rules without rights: Land, Labor and Private Authority in the Global Economy,” Tim Bartley,
Oxford University Press, 2018:

“The false promise of certification,” Changing Markets Foundation, May 2018:

“Could living wages avert race to the bottom?” Apparel Insider, May 2018:

“Contract Disclosure Survey 2018; A review of the contract disclosure policies of 40 oil, gas and
mining companies,” Oxfam, May 2018:

“Seeking solutions to childcare needs of maquila workers in El Salvador,” Maquila Solidarity

Network (Canada), May 2018:

Three reports on gender-based violence published by the Asia Floor Wage campaign in May
“Violence against women and men in the world of work” – Executive Summary:
“Gender based violence in the H&M garment supply chain”:
“Gender based violence in the GAP supply chain”:
Gender based violence in the Walmart garment supply chain”:

“Stop gender-based violence at work – toolkit and resources,” ITUC – International Trade Union
Confederation, May 2018:

“End gender-based violence at work,” video, Solidarity Center (US), May 16, 2018:

“Making sense of managing human rights issues in supply chains,” Norton Rose Fulbright and
British Institute of International and Comparative Law, May 2018:

“NYU promised reforms in Abu Dhabi; Report says it has reneged,” David W. Chen, New York
Times, May 10, 2018:

“Living wage in RMG: Some conceptual issue,” Selim Raihan, Marjuk Ahmad and Farazi Binti,
The Financial Express (Dhaka), May 19, 2018:

“With China’s tariffs in flux, supply chains set sights on Vietnam,” Shefali Kapadia,
SupplyChainDIVE, May 21, 2018:

“Comparison of human rights due diligence laws and regulations of work in global supply
chains; database and spreadsheet, Shelley Marshall, Irene Pietropaoli and Madeline
Winterbottom, Corporate Accountability, RMIT University, Australia, May 21, 2018:

“Only 30% of brand managers are measuring sustainability’s ROI,” Shefali Kapadia,
SupplyChinaDIVE, May 22, 2018:

“A map to help business collaborate with anti-slavery organizations,” Global Business Coalition
Against Human Trafficking,” May 22, 2018:

“Global Alliance for Human Rights launched today,” Interfaith Center for Corporate
Responsibility, May 24, 2018:

“Occupational Safety and Health Rights,” issue #42, ANROEV – Asian Network for the Rights
of Occupational and Environmental Victims, January-March 2018, May 24, 2018:

“Sustainability; What the concept means for today’s safety professionals – and their employers,”
Susan Vargas, Safety + Health magazine, May 27, 2018:


“From #metoo to a global convention on sexual harassment at work,” Cathy Feingold,, May 29, 2018:

“Top 10 companies with best corporate responsibility records,” Adrienne Selko, Bloomberg
IndustryWeek, May 31, 2018:

“OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct,” Organization for
Economic Cooperation and Development, June 2018:

“Key features of mandatory human rights due diligence legislation,” European Coalition for
Corporate Justice, June 2018:

“The state of remedy under the OECD Guidelines; Understanding NCP cases concluded in 2017
through the lens of remedy,” OECD Watch, Briefing Paper, June 2018:

“When national law conflicts with international human rights standards: Recommendation for
business,” Lise Smit, Arianne Griffith and Robert McCorquodale, British Institute of
International and Comparative Law, Business Network, June 2018:

“Did suppliers, not Amazon, create the retail apocalypse?” Deborah Abrams Kaplan,
SupplyChainDIVE, June 6, 2018:

“ITUC Global Rights Index 2018: Democratic space shrinks and unchecked corporate greed on
the rise,” report, infographics and map, International Trade Union Confederation, June 7, 2018:

“Sustainable Consumption; Key Issues,” Lucie Middlemiss, Routledge, Francis & Taylor Group,
June 11, 2018:

“Complaint lodged against the European Commission for failing to uphold fundamental human
rights in trade policy, Clean Clothes Campaign, June 11, 2018:

“Why a binding treaty is necessary: The UN complain mechanism’s lack of teeth on pesticides
management,” Carolijn Terwindt and Christian Schliemann, European Centre for Constitutional
and Human Rights, June 13, 2018:

“Sexual harassment at Walmart’s stores and suppliers in China,” Aaron Halegua,, June 13, 2018:

“OECD clarifies expectation of business to prevent and remediate harmful impacts on people
and planet,” Joseph Wilde-Ramsing, SOMO, June 20, 2018:

“Campaign to curb child labour launched amid reports of rising rates,” Ana V Ibanez Prieto, The
Jordan Times, June 24, 2018:

“Top 25 supply chains of 2018,” Bloomberg IndustryWeek, June 25, 2018:

“Big Brands: The missing voice in the fight to end gender-based violence at work,” Jennifer
Rosenbaum and Shikha Silliman Bhattacharjee, Open Democracy, June 26, 2018:

“Rethinking social impact programs to support communities along the supply-chain,” Isabelle
Morin, CSR Asia, June 27, 2018:

“New child labor inspection curriculum,” Verite, June 28, 2018:

“Trafficking in Persons report, June 2018,” U.S. State Department, June 28, 2018:

“Millennials don’t see such a bright future; the younger generation believes that ethical behavior
by corporations is decreasing,” Bloomberg IndustryWeek, June 29, 2018:

Earlier materials

“Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility,” Dongyong Zhang, Stephen
Morse and Uma Kambhampati, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, November 2017:

“Corporate Human Rights Benchmark; Progress Report, April 2018,” CHRB (UK), April 2018:

“European textile industry and human rights due diligence: Key developments, human rights
allegations & best practices,” Briefing, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, April 24,

Apparel industry

“Eco-Friendly and Fair; Fast Fashion and consumer behavior,” edited by Mark Heuer and
Carolin Becker-Leifhold, Routledge, Francis & Taylor Group, May 3, 2018:

“Nike’s CEO vows changes after claims of workplace harassment and bias,” Kevin Draper and
Julie Vreswell, New York Times, May 5, 2018:

“Five more Nike executives are out amid inquiry into harassment allegations,” Julie Creswell
and Kevin Draper, New York Times, May 8, 2018:

“Statement on the continuation of the Bangladesh Accord for three more years,” Steering
Committee of the Accord, May 10, 2018:

“The collective resistance of China’s industrial workers,” Jenny Chan, chapter 6 of “Global
Perspectives in Workers’ and Labour Organizations,” edited by Maurizio Atzeni and Immanuel
Ness, Springer Publishing, May 14, 2018:

“Annual Report 2018; An industry and compliance review,” Better Work Jordan, ILO-IFC, May
15, 2018:

“Unboxing the real price of sneakers,” video, Jacques Slade, Reuters, May 15, 2018:

“ILO deal to help Syrian garment workers in Turkey,” Michelle Russell,, May 16,

“Families affected by 2012 Ali Enterprises fire finally receive life-long pensions,” Clean Clothes
Campaign, May 20, 2018:

“Long-term compensation payment to Baldia factory fire affectees begins,” Daily Times
(Lahore), May 20, 2018:

“Making Jeans Green; Linking Sustainability, business and fashion,” Paulina Szmydke-
Cacciapalle, Routledge, Francis & Taylor Group, May 29, 2018:

“Case closed, problems persist; Grievance mechanisms of ETI and SAI fail to benefit young
women and girls in the South India textile industry,” Homeworkers Worldwide, India Committee
of the Netherlands and SOMO, June 2018:

“Apparel brands take a closer look at sourcing after cotton ban,” Shefali Kapadia,
SupplyChainDIVE, June 1, 2018:

“Work to make Bangladeshi factories safe continues, but IKEA refuses to join,” Clean Clothes
Campaign, June 1, 2018:

“Abuse is daily reality for female garment workers for Gap and H&M, says report,” Kate Hodal,
June 5, 2018:

“More than 50 workers fired at Mexican garment factory for supporting independent union,”
Maquila Solidarity Network (Canada), June 5, 2018:

“World environment day: How the Rana Plaza disaster changed fashion forever,” Kashmira
Gander and Chiara Brambilla, Newsweek, June 5, 2018:

“Giving an ‘A’ to fast fashion?” CSR Asia, June 6, 2018:

“Brands including Ikea shun new safety accord after Rana Plaza,” Michael Safi, The Guardian
(London), June 6, 2018:

“’Turn Around, H&M!” campaigners demand transparency on H&M’s wage efforts,” Clean
Clothes Campaign, June 8, 2018:

“Adidas and Nike pay record-breaking amounts to footballers, but deny decent wages to women
stitching their shirts,” Clean Clothes Campaign, June 11, 2018:

“Brand responsibility for mass faintings in Cambodian garment factories, International Labor
Rights Forum, June 13, 2018:

“Top trends shaping the global fashion system,” Kelly Cooper, CSR Asia, June 13, 2018:

“Worker Rights Consortium assessment; Shah Exports Pvt. Ltd. (Bangalore, India); Findings and
Recommendations,” June 21, 2018:

“Sustainability of the fashion industry inquiry launched,” UK Parliament, June 22, 2018:

“Bangladesh could risk trade benefits if it does not get serious about workers’ rights,” Clean
Clothes Campaign, June 25, 2018:

Earlier materials

“Fashion Theory; An Introduction,” Malcolm Barnard, Routledge, Francis & Taylor Group,
March 2014:

“Toward fair compensation in Bangladesh: Insights on closing the wage gap,” Fair Labor
Association, April 2018:
Bangladesh wage ladders:

“Who tanned the leather for your designer bag?” Carry Somers, Fashion Revolution, April 2,

“Brands sourcing from Bangladesh urged to support workers’ minimum wage demands,” Clean
Clothes Campaign, April 25, 2018:

“Machines review – astonishing Indian factory documentary into the hazardous, punishing heart
of the global textile industry,” Simran Hans, The Guardian (London), May 21, 2017:

Electronics Industry

“Prevention-intervention strategies to reduce exposure to e-waste,” Michelle Heacock, et al.,

Reviews on Environmental Health, Vol. 33, Issue 2, May 11, 2018:

“Police raid Chachoengsao plant in crackdown on foreign e-waste,” The Nation (Bangkok), May
22, 2018:

“Foxconn opts to make smaller displays at Wisconsin plant; Major Apple supplier says $10b
investment plan is unchanged.” Lauly Li, Cheng Ting-Fang and Gen Nakamura, Nikkei Asian
Review, May 23, 2018:

“Researchers raise concerns for worker health in Ontario’s e-waste sector,” Workers Health &
Safety Centre, May 25, 2018:

“Investment rush is harming environment [with e-waste].” Soonruth Bunyamanee, Bangkok

Post, May 30, 2018:

“Report prompts call for Samsung to disclose workplace chemical use,” Sunny Lee, Chemical
Watch Asia Hub, June 5, 2018:

“Underpaid and exhausted: the human cost of your Kindle,” Gethin Chamberlain, The Guardian
(London), June 9, 2018:

“Amazon profits from secretly oppressing its supplier’s workers; An investigative report on
Hengyang Foxconn,” China Labor Watch, June 10, 2018:

“Amazon blasted over China Echo factory conditions,” Spencer Soper, Bloomberg, June 10,

“KnowTheChain: Ranking of 40 ICT companies on efforts to address forced labour in supply

chains,” June 18, 2018:

“IPhone’s assembler’s billionaire CEO chafes at China overtime caps,” Bloomberg

IndustryWeek, June 22, 2018:

Earlier materials

“Prevention-intervention strategies to reduce exposure to e-waste,” Michelle Heacock, et al., De, March 25, 2018:

Food and Agriculture

“Sustainable coca promises have been empty,” Caroline Macdonald, SupplyChainDIVE, April
26, 2018:

“Taking Stock; Labor exploitation, illegal fishing and brand responsibility in the seafood
industry,” International Labor Rights Forum, May 2018:

“The global business of forced labour; Report of findings [in the tea and cocoa industry],”
Genevieve Lebaron, May 2018:

“GSSI and the CGF join forces on a benchmark and recognition tool for social compliance
schemes in the seafood sector,” The Consumer Goods Forum, May 17, 2018:

“Included in the dirty list, Cutrale still has farms certified with ‘good practice’ seal,” Daniela
Penha, Reporter Brasil, May 17, 2018:

“’Slavery on an industrial scale’ in fishing industry,” Radio New Zealand, May 27, 2018:

“Food scarcity imminent in Edo [from land grab by multinational companies], ERA raises
alarm,” Abiodun Jimoh, Nigerian Tribune (Lagos), May 31, 2018:

“Behind the Barcodes: End human suffering behind our food,” Oxfam, June 2018:

“Ripe for change; Ending human suffering in supermarket supply chains,” Oxfam, June 2018:

“Tobacco: a deadly business,” series by The Guardian (London) on child labor in multiple
countries, June 2018:

“Letter addressed to the Government of Senegal, G7 member states and the African Union; call
to put smallholder farms at the core of strategies on food security and nutrition,” New Alliance
for Food Security and Nutrition, June 11, 2018:

“Child labour rampant in tobacco industry,” Sarah Bosley, The Guardian (London), June 25,

Other Industries

“1200 construction workers from single Qatari company stranded,” Migrant Rights (UK), May
14, 2018:

Compiled by Garrett Brown

July 2, 2018