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Foundations and Current Issues in IR/HR (IRE 2001)

This subject guide is meant to assist students, particularly those enrolled in IRE 2001, with research papers and assignments.

Garment Industry - Books Available Through U of T Libraries

Garment Industry - Selected Books in the CIRHR Library

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Bangladesh Garment Industry

Bangladesh garment industry

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Made in Bangladesh, by Tarannum Kamlani, Mark Kelley, Lysanne Louter and Aileen McBride (on CBC News: The Fifth Estate). Winner of Canadian Screen Awards 2015 for Best News or Information Program.

Brave New Films, November 26, 2017: "Walmart: The High Cost of Low Price" (video, 1:37:26). The film exposes Wal-Mart's unscrupulous business practices through interviews with former employees, small business owners, and footage of Walmart executives

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre Gives an employer perspective.

Links to organizations that support garment workers:

Labour Behind the Label is a campaign that supports garment workers’ efforts worldwide to improve their working conditions, through awareness raising, information provision and encouraging international solidarity between workers and consumers. Members include trade unions and their local branches, consumer organisations, campaign groups, and charities.

 

Clean Clothes CampaignThe Clean Clothes Campaign is dedicated to improving working conditions and supporting the empowerment of workers in the global garment and sportswear industries. The Clean Clothes Campaign is an alliance of organisations in 15 European countries. Members include trade unions and NGOs covering a broad spectrum of perspectives and interests, such as women’s rights, consumer advocacy and poverty reduction.

 

Better WorkBetter Work is an innovative partnership programme between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Operational since 2009, the programme aims to improve both compliance with labour standards and competitiveness in global supply chains. Better Work aims to have a significant and direct impact through its own country-based programmes in the garment sector, as well as indirect impact through its influence, knowledge sharing and partnerships. Read current research and publications here.

The International Disaster Database can be used to produce Disaster Lists of industrial accidents by region or country from 1900.

Bangladesh Garment Industry - Selected books in the CIRHR Library

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Lesotho

In order to strengthen the country’s export position in global markets after the phasing out of the Multi-Fibre Agreement in 2005, national stakeholders expressed their interest in a Better Work programme and agreed during the programme preparation phase to establish Lesotho as an ethical sourcing destination. Better Work Lesotho aims to accomplish this objective by improving compliance with ILO core labour standards and the Lesotho national labour law, and by promoting competitiveness in global supply chains. The programme is embedded in the ILO Decent Work Country Program for Lesotho (phase II), whose ultimate goal is to reduce poverty by expanding decent work opportunities in targeted export sectors. Better Work Lesotho is a voluntary programme and covers garment factories in both the Maseru and Maputsoe regions.


Resources:

Manoeli, S. (2012). Lesotho after AGOA: From textile booms to sustainable development. The Brenthurst Foundation. (20 pages, PDF)

Pike, K. (2011). Made in Lesotho: Explaining Variation in Labour Standards Compliance in the Global Apparel Industry. Cornell University ILR School. (38 pages, PDF)

Pike, K. & Godfrey, S. (n.d.). Lesotho’s Apparel Industry: What is the role for Better Work? (22 pages, PDF)