To Comply or to be Committed? Public Procurement and Labour Rights in Global Supply Chains

Detlef Sack, E.K. Sarter

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    Abstract

    Violations of fundamental labour rights have been a problem in global supply chains for decades. Recently, public procurement is increasingly used to regulate labour standards in global chains. Based on previous research on private actors, which distinguished between compliance-focused and commitment-focused enforcement strategies, this article discusses the problems and means of enforcing respect for labour rights in global supply chains. By applying this distinction to public procurement, this article develops a concept of enforcement styles for public procurement as a tool to regulate labour in global supply chains.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)521-539
    Number of pages19
    JournalGlobal Social Policy
    Volume22
    Issue number3
    Early online date23 Apr 2022
    DOIs
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Apr 2022

    Keywords

    • ILO Core Labour Standards
    • labour rights
    • Global Supply Chains
    • Public procurement
    • policy implementation

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