Ethical supply chain management: How retailers can ensure products are ethically sourced
- Pages: 24
- Published: November 2014
- Report Code: ML00017-040
This Case Study examines the economic forces which lead to the outsourcing of manufacturing to low-income countries, and the impact on working people in those countries. It also examines the ways in which retailers can manage their supply chains ethically in a global economy.
Understand why apparel manufacturing has moved from developed to emerging economies.
Discover some of the problems facing workers in the apparel manufacturing industry in low-wage economies.
Find out what companies in the developed world are doing to improve pay and conditions for workers in outsourced apparel manufacturing.
Assess progress towards ethical supply chains in the apparel industry as a whole.
Reasons to buyWhy are many apparel manufacturing companies based in low-wage economies?
What kind of pay and conditions can workers in apparel manufacturing expect?
How can an apparel company ensure its supply chain is ethical?
Table of Contents
Why supply chains are globalized
International trade allows countries to exploit comparative advantage
Free trade was seen historically as an ethical economic policy
Labor-intensive forms of manufacturing tend to move to low-wage economies
Consumers are now accustomed to low prices and fast fashion
Ethical issues in apparel manufacturing
Pay is less than the living wage
Conditions of work are exhausting and unsafe
Child labor is used
Employment rights are limited
How retailers can manage supply chains ethically
Labor organizations have defined acceptable working conditions
Establishing a policy is the first step
Tracing the complete supply chain is vital
Ethical audits are also vital, but reliability is a challenge
Apparel companies can offer training, living wages, and more
Apparel companies are aware, but much progress is needed
Ask the analyst
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