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Regulating Labour Standards via Supply Chains: Combining Public/Private Interventions to Improve Workplace Compliance

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  • David Weil
  • Carlos Mallo
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    Concern over global labour standards has led to a profusion of non-governmental forms of regulation. Systematic evaluation of these systems has been very limited to date. This article empirically explores an innovative system to regulate labour standards in the US garment industry combining public enforcement power and private monitoring, thereby drawing on different elements of global labour standards systems. We examine the impact of this system over time and in two distinct markets on employer compliance with minimum wage laws and find that these initiatives are associated with substantial reductions in minimum wage violations. The system therefore offers a useful model for international labour standards regulatory systems. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2007.

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    Article provided by London School of Economics in its journal British Journal of Industrial Relations.

    Volume (Year): 45 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 4 (December)
    Pages: 791-814

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:brjirl:v:45:y:2007:i:4:p:791-814

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    Cited by:
    1. Walters, David, 2010. "The role of worker representation and consultation in managing health and safety in the construction industry," ILO Working Papers 455310, International Labour Organization.
    2. Faundez, Julio, 2005. "A view on international labour standards, labour law and MSEs," ILO Working Papers 430295, International Labour Organization.
    3. Chonnikarn Fern Jira & Michael W. Toffel, 2011. "Engaging Supply Chains in Climate Change," Harvard Business School Working Papers 12-026, Harvard Business School, revised Oct 2012.

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