While international supply chains may meet consumer demand for inexpensive goods, these inexpensive goods often come at the expense of workers and their communities. Inexpensive labor often results in human rights violations and environmental degradation. Sustaining labor rights and environmental integrity requires companies and governments to respect both human and worker rights, to provide decent conditions of employment, and to enact green policies. Panelists will consider the following questions: What are the best means for creating ethical and sustainable supply chains that are also profitable for business? What strategies and models exist for meeting and implementing existing international labor and environmental laws, norms, and codes of conduct? What are effective ways to monitor, measure and rectify restrictions to justice? How do we educate consumers about their choices?
- Margaret Levi, Jere L. Bacharach Professor of International Studies, Department of Political Science, University of Washington; Chair in Politics, U.S. Studies Centre, University of Sydney (USA/Australia)
- Sheri Flies, Assistant General Merchandising Manager, Costco Wholesale Corp. (USA)
- Ou Virak, President, Cambodian Center on Human Rights (Cambodia)
- Katie Quan, Associate Chair, UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (USA)
- Auret van Heerden, President & CEO, Fair Labor Association (South Africa)