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David Kucera and Dora Sari, "New 'Labour Rights Indicators': Method and Results", CGWR Working Paper Series, April 2016. 

Read full paper here: Kucera and Sari 2016

Research Brief: The Bulk of the Iceberg: A Critique of the Stern Center’s Report on Worker Safety in Bangladesh 

The Stern Center for Business and Human Rights at New York University released a report in December 2015, “Beyond the Tip of the Iceberg: Bangladesh’s Forgo en Apparel Workers.” It argues that the factory inspection programs developed after the Rana Plaza disaster to address worker safety in Bangladesh exclude the majority of workers and are therefore reaching only the “tip of the iceberg.” We have carefully reviewed the Stern researchers’ methodology and data, and come to the opposite conclusion. Contrary to Stern’s assertions, more than 70% of garment workers in Bangladesh are covered by the Accord and the Alliance, and if we include workers employed in factories inspected by the ILO-advised National Initiative, the percentage of covered workers reaches 89%. We also find that Stern, due to a series of errors in data collection and analysis, greatly overestimated the number of formal factories and the size of the workforce. 

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Mark Anner, 2015. “Worker Resistance in Global Supply Chains: Wildcat Strikes, International Accords, and Transnational Campaigns.” International Journal of Labour Research. 7(1-2): 17-34. 

Read full paper here: Worker Resistance in GSCs


"Unholy Alliances: How Employers in El Salvador’s Garment Industry Collude with a Corrupt Labor Federation, Company Unions and Violent Gangs to Suppress Workers’ Rights."

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"The Limits of Voluntary Governance Programs: Auditing Labor Rights in the Global Apparel Industry"

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Dan Hawkins "The Formalization and Unionization Campaign in the Buenaventura Port, Colombia."

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