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Combatting modern slavery : why labour governance is failing and what we can do about it

Genevieve LeBaron (Author)
"A compelling exposé of the failings of corporate anti-slavery initiatives"-- Provided by publisher
eBook, English, 2020
Polity Press, Cambridge, UK, 2020
1 online resource
9781509513703, 9781509513680, 1509513701, 150951368X
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1 Who Does Labour Governance Work For?
What is Labour Governance?
What is Modern Slavery?
Why Global Labour Governance Is Failing
This Book's Approach
Corporations as Cause and Solution to Labour Abuse
Corporations Save the World's Workers
This Book's Arguments and Structure
Labour exploitation in global supply chains
Corporate power and the state
The recruitment industry
The enforcement industry
Corporate Fairytales vs. Worker Power
2 Labour Exploitation in Global Supply Chains What Is Forced Labour?
The Business Demand for Forced Labour
Irresponsible Sourcing Practices
A Supply of Vulnerable Workers
Designed to Fail
The Global Business of Forced Labour
3 Corporate Power and the State
The Contemporary MNC
Corporate growth and the new monopolies
The financialization of the firm
Structural constraints on labour costs
Corporations and the State
States as the architects of corporations' growing power
Corporate antislavery activism
CSR as a political weapon
The Politics of Corporate Efforts to Combat Modern Slavery. 4 The Recruitment Industry
A Market for Recruitment
Supply-side factors
Demand-side factors
Mobility regimes and government regulation of the recruitment industry
Here come the corporates
The Rise of Ethical Recruitment Initiatives
What are ethical recruitment initiatives and why aren't they working?
Lack of enforcement and accountability
Failure to tackle root causes
Sidelining workers
Monitoring Unethical Recruitment
5 The Enforcement Industry
The Problems with Social Auditing
The rise of big audit firms
Long and complex enforcement supply chains. Secrecy and a lack of transparency
Liability of social auditors
Ineffectiveness of social auditing
Widespread awareness of audit shortcomings
The Problems with Ethical Certification
Certifying exploitation
Why doesn't ethical certification eradicate forced labour?
Misleading Consumers, Undermining Public Governance
6 Protecting Twenty-First-Century Workers
Trading in Fairytales for Real Change
How to Fix Labour Governance: Paths Forward
Addressing the Business Demand for Forced Labour
Transform business models and redistribute value
Enforce existing laws. Strengthen due diligence
Regulate supply chains
Regulate the enforcement industry
Worker-driven social responsibility
Rebalance corporate and worker power
Addressing the Supply of Vulnerable Workers
Living wages and social protection
Expand unions and organizing
Strengthen protections for low-wage and migrant work
Regulate the recruitment industry
Chapter 1 Who Does Labour Governance Work For?
Chapter 2 Labour Exploitation in Global Supply Chains
Chapter 3 Corporate Power and the State
Chapter 4 The Recruitment Industry