Global Labor

We examine the impact of multinational companies on workers’ rights in supply chains, outsourced manufacturing, and projects that rely on vulnerable migrant workers.

The Center’s work on global labor focuses on the pressures exerted by multinational companies on their suppliers and how these forces affect workers’ rights. Our premise is that multinational companies have a responsibility to address the well-being of workers throughout their global supply chains. We pay particular attention to protecting migrant workers and the conditions of their recruitment and employment.

Protecting Migrant Workers
Migrant workers are, in certain industries, the most vulnerable employees in global supply chains.
Regulating Mining
Addressing human rights risks in mining lays the foundation for a just transition from burning fossil fuel to relying on renewable energy.
Safeguarding Outsourced Labor
The Center focuses on the responsibility of international business for the well-being of workers in global supply chains, particularly those in low-wage manufacturing.


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Broken Partnership
A Broken Partnership: How Clothing Brands Exploit Suppliers and Harm Workers –And What Can Be Done About It

Ten years after the Rana Plaza factory collapse, a new report from the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights calls for a reformed collaborative approach to the outsourced manufacturing of apparel—one that does not create unfair economic pressure on factory owners, who all too often respond to such exploitation by reducing wages and benefits for their poor employees.

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Making Mining Safe and Fair: Artisanal Cobalt Extraction in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

We published a white paper in collaboration with the World Economic Forum which assesses recent approaches to formalizing artisanal and small-scale mining of cobalt. The learnings from the cobalt context in the DRC can help guide companies on how to address human rights issues in their global mineral supply chains and improve working conditions of more than 40 million people in artisanal mining worldwide.


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