#15_It’s all too complex – or is it? Global production networks and value chains revisited

In explaining the steep fall in production during the Covid19 pandemic, many observers have emphasized that it may just be too complex for large corporations to handle their global production operations, simply because of the sheer size of their supply chains. Today’s supply chains encompass a diverse set of subsidiaries, business partners, alliances and jointContinue reading “#15_It’s all too complex – or is it? Global production networks and value chains revisited”

#9_From supply chain transparency to mandatory due diligence: The struggle is just beginning…

Most recently, lawmaking initiatives for a new European Union directive on mandatory due diligence in the supply chain have gained some prominence in the media and press. The proponents of this new regulation suggest combating the organized irresponsibility in transnational business operations as far as labour standards violations are concerned. In short, multinational corporations shouldContinue reading “#9_From supply chain transparency to mandatory due diligence: The struggle is just beginning…”

#8_Digital labour inspection: Just a fancy or a real innovation?

Across the social sciences, the digital economy gets widespread attention for understanding the social organization of work in the present, and even more so in the future. Most of the debate is driven by projections based on the potentialities of the newest generation of information and communication technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learningContinue reading “#8_Digital labour inspection: Just a fancy or a real innovation?”

#6_Global Framework Agreements: Progress at snail’s pace or new boost?

With 190 conventions accompanied by recommendations and protocols, and the regular sessions of the International Labour Conference, in which representatives of states, employers and unions debate over reports the ILO’s rule system looks like an impressive framework for upholding and enforcing labour standards worldwide. Indeed, it actually is one, but still much more in termsContinue reading “#6_Global Framework Agreements: Progress at snail’s pace or new boost?”

#4_The Covid lesson: Risks and dangers of violating labour standards

In many countries, media are full of mass infection cases in workplaces such as parcel delivery centers or meat packaging plants, but also elderly care homes, hospitals and schools. End of April, after a series of service delivery centers’ worker protests, even the resignation of a high-ranking business executive made global headlines: Tim Bray, AmazonContinue reading “#4_The Covid lesson: Risks and dangers of violating labour standards”