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The Hidden Price of Low Cost: Subcontracting in Bangladesh's Garment Industry

12 Pages Posted: 16 Sep 2015 Last revised: 7 Nov 2015

Vijay M. Padmanabhan

Independent

Dorothée Baumann-Pauly

New York University, Center for Business and Human Rights

Sarah Labowitz

New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business

Date Written: September 8, 2015

Abstract

This teaching case study describes a dilemma situation of a textile brand that has outsourced production to a supplier in Bangladesh. It highlights the complexities of global supply chains and how sourcing practices affect the labor rights situation of workers.

Keywords: Global Supply Chains; Labor Rights; Manufacturing; Garment Industry; Bangladesh; Global Governance Without Government; Private Governance Schemes; Subcontracting

JEL Classification: A13, A20, F14, F23, L67

Suggested Citation

Padmanabhan, Vijay M. and Baumann-Pauly, Dorothée and Labowitz, Sarah, The Hidden Price of Low Cost: Subcontracting in Bangladesh's Garment Industry (September 8, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2659202 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2659202

Vijay M. Padmanabhan

Independent

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Dorothée Baumann-Pauly (Contact Author)

New York University, Center for Business and Human Rights ( email )

44 West 4th Street
New York, NY NY 10012
United States

Sarah Labowitz

New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business ( email )

44 West 4th Street
New York, NY NY 10012
United States

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