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Sustainable Labor Practices in Global Supply Chains

If our goal is supply chain labor relations and business practices that end abusive labor practices, what do private and public regulation systems need to look like in the 21st century?

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News and Events from the New Conversations Project: Sustainable Labor Practices in Global Supply Chains

"Repeat, Regain or Renegotiate?" NCP Working Paper No. 2 asks What's the future of apparel?

Cornell NCP's Jason Judd and Lowell Jackson plot the decades-long, pre-pandemic trajectories of apparel industry consolidation, automation, e-commerce, sourcing patterns, and governance of labor practices against three possible scenarios for the industry in the post-pandemic era. This paper also appears as an ILO Better Work Discussion Paper.
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"Repeat, Regain or Renegotiate?" NCP Working Paper No. 2 asks What's the future of apparel?

Is private regulation working? Book launch with Sourcing Journal on May 25

New Conversations Project and the Sourcing Journal presents a live book launch and debate on Sarosh Kuruvilla's new book, Private Regulation of Labor Standards in Global Supply Chains on Tuesday, May 25.
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Is private regulation working? Book launch with Sourcing Journal on May 25

NCP Sourcing Journal Series

The New Conversations Project is publishing a limited series in the Sourcing Journal on latest research findings related to private regulation. These pieces are designed to de-code important new academic research for actors in the global supply chain.
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NCP Sourcing Journal Series

Social Dialogue in the 21st Century Project Reports

The Social Dialogue in the 21st Century Project published ten country reports - plus the NCP Synthesis Report - on obstacles to social dialogue in the global garment supply chain.
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Social Dialogue in the 21st Century Project Reports

NCP Workshops and Training Programs

NCP launches live workshops and training programs for various stakeholders in the sustainability eco-system regarding labor standards in global supply chains. These workshops and courses are relevant to global corporations, auditing firms, NGOs, consulting companies, labor unions, and others.
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NCP Workshops and Training Programs

NCP at OECD: Is Social Dialogue Part of Fashion's Post-COVID Cure?

NCP and the Strategic Partnership for Garment Supply Chain Transformation led a session sharing NCP's mapping of social dialogue in response to the COVID-19 pandemic at the 2021 OECD Due Diligence Forum.
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NCP at OECD: Is Social Dialogue Part of Fashion's Post-COVID Cure?

NCP Event: How do we fix trade policy to help workers?

What has to change in U.S. trade policy to improve labor practices in global supply chains? Join the Cornell ILR School's New Conversations Project and Sandra Polaski, Senior Research Scholar at Boston University’s Global Development Policy Center, on 19 January 2021. 
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NCP Event: How do we fix trade policy to help workers?

Webinar: How do we resolve labor disputes under global supply chain agreements?

NCP leads webinar on a new proposal for model arbitration provisions in enforceable brand agreements between labor advocates and global firms.
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Webinar: How do we resolve labor disputes under global supply chain agreements?

Katalyst Initiative: Human Rights Due Diligence, Making it Mandatory

New Conversations Project expert publishes article for the European University Institute on the movement to implement mandatory human rights due diligence laws
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Katalyst Initiative: Human Rights Due Diligence, Making it Mandatory

Special Issue on Labor Regulation in Global Supply Chains in the ILR Review August 2020 issue

ILR Review, August 2020, is a special Issue on Labor Relations in Global Supply Chains
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Special Issue on Labor Regulation in Global Supply Chains in the ILR Review August 2020 issue

Fair Fashion Think Tank COVID-19 Podcast

NCP Executive Director Jason Judd participates in COVID-19 podcast with the Fair Fashion Think Tank
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Fair Fashion Think Tank COVID-19 Podcast

The Conversation - Why apparel brands' efforts to police their supply chains aren't working

In The Conversation, NCP Executive Director Jason Judd and Academic Director Sarosh Kuruvilla share new research on private regulation in the global apparel trade and the COVID-19 crisis.
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The Conversation - Why apparel brands' efforts to police their supply chains aren't working