"Michael Posner, one of the most influential human rights experts in the U.S., is leading a movement that he hopes will fundamentally change the way business schools approach human rights." - Poets & Quants
"Most B-school students know they’re signing up for classes in subjects like accounting and finance, but they probably don’t expect to see human rights on the syllabus. Professor Michael Posner wants to change that." -Bloomberg Business
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Maybe weary of its role as a punchbag for moralists, and certainly in search of products with widespread appeal, Wall Street has taken to selling products linked to virtue. That is not easy: how does an industry focused on financial returns go about gauging goodness?
More and more, shoppers today want to know their products were made ethically and sustainably, and clothing is one category they’ve put under particular scrutiny. H&M’s newly launched label, Arket, and its website, which went live on Aug. 25, gives the location and name of the factory where each and every piece of clothing was made.
Migrant workers are on the front line of the gulf’s diplomatic rift because of the kafala labor sponsorship system. That system makes migrant laborers reliant on their employers for visas, accommodation and even permission to enter or exit the country.
Fashion companies’ websites are a rhetorical jungle of vague, virtuous-sounding self-description. As they boast of “ethical sourcing” and “positive impact,” the companies seek to reassure consumers and investors of brands’ commitments to “transparency” and “sustainability” — two of the most fashionable buzzwords in modern marketing.
In their op-ed, Tara Wadhwa and Gabriel Ng explain why the new German law aimed at combating hate speech online puts big internet platforms in an invidious position.
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Dorothee Baumann Pauly and Auret van Heerden outline the four changes that must be enacted in order to upgrade Bangladesh's garment sector and ensure laborers have safe and sustainable work environments.
On May 1st the Fair Labor Association (FLA) announced the selection of Michael Posner as the Chair of its Board of Directors. "Mike's extensive experience advocating for the rights of workers in an increasingly complex global economy makes him the right choice to chair the FLA Board at this time" said FLA President and CEO Sharon Waxman.
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David Segall's op-ed explains how business practices contribute to exploitative recruitment of Gulf migrant workers. Namely that recruitment agents ultimately charge workers to recruit them, not only to cover costs, but also turn a profit.
As the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Export Association, C&A Foundation and the Center for Entrepreneurship Development at BRAC University undertake the second phase of its mapping project, the Center offers its support and insights.
A new study from the Center finds that construction companies operating in the Arabian Gulf are able to recruit millions of low- wage migrant workers without incurring the costs of the recruitment process. Instead, in this highly irregular system, most workers themselves are paying for their own recruitment – and much more – before they depart their home countries.
A new paper released by the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights finds that current ratings and reporting of these metrics have yet capture companies’ performance on labor and other human rights issues.