Collective action on living wages: Analyzing the emergence of the Action, Collaboration, Transformation (ACT) initiative
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Social auditing, the dominant form of private labor governance in global supply chains since the 1990s, is now widely acknowledged to have major limitations. Since the catastrophic Rana Plaza factory building collapse in Bangladesh in 2013, the global garment industry is experimenting with new private governance models to address continued violations of core labor standards in the industry.
In my talk, I will provide a new mapping of private labor governance initiatives that draws attention to two dimensions of these new initiatives: firm collective action and labor inclusiveness. Multi-firm coordination and firm-union coordination is important because collective action problems and weak labor representation lie at the heart of poor labor standards in global supply chains. Using the case of the »Action, Collaboration, Transformation« living wages initiative, I will discuss the mechanisms of emergence of such collective action initiatives and discuss their limits and boundary conditions.