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Rising above Sweatshops: Innovative Approaches to Global Labor Challenges 1st Edition

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.,."One of the important new books to appear on the contemporary debate over global 'sweatshops.' It presents comprehensive overviews of key theoretical issues that provide insight into the ethical, legal, managerial, and political issues that inform the debate.... This book is a must read for anyone who participates in the global arena."-Patricia H. Werhane Wicklander Chair of Business Ethics and Director, Institute for Business & Professional Ethics at DePaul University and Ruffin Professor of Business Ethics, University of Virginia

About the Author

LAURA P. HARTMAN is Associate Vice President and Professor of Business Ethics, DePaul University.

DENIS G. ARNOLD is Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

RICHARD E. WOKUTCH is Pamplin Professor of Management, Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger; 1 edition (December 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567206182
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567206180
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,456,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The editors of "Rising Above Sweatshops" are to be commended for significantly advancing the debate over global sweatshops. This book is divided into two main sections. Part I includes original theoretical perspectives by university professors on the globalization of the supply chain from the perspective of law (Murray - La Trobe), economics/industrial relations (London - Wisconsin), moral philosophy (Arnold - Tennessee), public policy (Santoro - Rutgers), and management - (Waddock - Boston College and Bodwell - ILO). These essays are clearly written and are largely free of academic jargon. They provide an excellent overview of global labor challenges by explaining the economic and political forces that have lead to the current situation; the moral or ethical basis for respecting workers; the role played by NGO's (such as the WRC and FLA) in improving working conditions; and the idea of "total responsibility management," which is being used by some companies to balance their ethical obligations with their fiduciary obligations. Part II includes seven long, original cases studies about morally innovative labor and environmental practices. Basically, the authors of these case studies have traveled to places like Vietnam, Brazil, and Costa Rica to visit factories (e.g., Nike, adidas, Levi Strauss, Dow Chemical) and plantations (e.g., Chiquita) and observed the innovative practices of companies and NGOs at work. There are some surprises here: For example, Nike's Vietnamese factory operations include things like free after-hours education at the factory and excellent heath and safety conditions. And Dow has a remarkably environmentally friendly and safe chemical factory in Thailand.Read more ›
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INTRODUCTION - Rising Above Sweatshops edited by Laura P. Hartman, Denis G. Arnold, and Richard E. Woktuch, provides readers with two perspectives on global labor challenges, 1) through a series of academic based articles and 2) real world experiences from multi-national enterprises (MNEs). Through these articles, the book provided me with critical information and an in-depth understanding of the challenges surrounding MNEs and global labor. At a high level, there are really no international labor standards that are universally accepted or enforced, thus companies rely on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to help them effectively manage labor in different parts of the world. Although these NGOs play a critical role, many of the issues are, in my opinion, no different than was experienced by any other country during their development stage.

PART I - The first section is a compilation of research articles, each evaluating human rights and global labor concerns through a slightly different lens. I would argue that there are creative ways to partner with MNEs and managers to implement sustainable solutions and share expert knowledge that does not require public flogging and scare tactics (both of which are suggested in this book). For example, authors Sandra Waddock and Charles Bodwell in their article, Total Responsibility Management (TRM), introduce a management solution that interweaves human rights into the company's vision, strategy, and continuous improvement initiatives. TRM (a play off Toyota's total quality management or TQM) is a positive attempt to empower MNEs with information and solutions to build a better organization.
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