CSR Participation Committees, Wildcat Strikes and the Sourcing Squeeze in Global Supply Chains

24 Pages Posted: 20 Feb 2018

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Mark Anner

Pennsylvania State University

Date Written: March 2018

Abstract

Lead firms in apparel global supply chains are increasingly using social compliance programmes that require worker‐management participation committees in their supplier factories. These committees are designed to ensure respect for internationally recognized labour standards, to empower workers, and to reduce labour unrest. However, these committees have remained weak, and in countries such as Vietnam worker unrest remains common. This article argues that this is because lead firms in these CSR programmes are imposing a ‘sourcing squeeze’ on supplier factors by reducing the prices and production times they allot to their suppliers, which undermines efforts by committees to address cost‐sensitive issues and overtime violations. At the same time, the sourcing squeeze increases strike leverage, providing workers with a much more effective source of worker voice.

Suggested Citation

Anner, Mark, CSR Participation Committees, Wildcat Strikes and the Sourcing Squeeze in Global Supply Chains (March 2018). British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 56, Issue 1, pp. 75-98, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3125173 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjir.12275

Mark Anner (Contact Author)

Pennsylvania State University ( email )

University Park
State College, PA 16802
United States

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