When Industrial Democracy Meets Corporate Social Responsibility — A Comparison of the Bangladesh Accord and Alliance as Responses to the Rana Plaza Disaster

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Jimmy Donaghey

University of Warwick - Industrial Relations & Organisational Behaviour (IROB) Subject Group

Juliane Reinecke

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School

Date Written: March 2018

Abstract

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Industrial Democracy are two paradigmatic approaches to transnational labour governance. They differ considerably with regard to the role accorded to the representation of labour. CSR tends to view workers as passive recipients of corporate‐led initiatives, with little attention paid to the role of unions. Industrial Democracy centres on labour involvement: those affected by governance need to be part of it. Examining the Bangladesh Accord and Alliance as governance responses to the 2013 Rana Plaza disaster, this article offers a comparative perspective of how Industrial Democracy‐oriented and CSR‐oriented initiatives translate into differences in implementation. The article highlights that while CSR can foster effective problem‐solving in the short run, Industrial Democracy is necessary to build governance capacities involving workers in the long run.

Suggested Citation

Donaghey, Jimmy and Reinecke, Juliane, When Industrial Democracy Meets Corporate Social Responsibility — A Comparison of the Bangladesh Accord and Alliance as Responses to the Rana Plaza Disaster (March 2018). British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 56, Issue 1, pp. 14-42, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3125165 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjir.12242

Jimmy Donaghey (Contact Author)

University of Warwick - Industrial Relations & Organisational Behaviour (IROB) Subject Group ( email )

Coventry, CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

Juliane Reinecke

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School ( email )

Gibbet Hill Rd.
Coventry, West Midlands CV4 8UW
United Kingdom

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