New Solutions for Labor Practices in Global Supply Chains

Uncover Insights. Adopt New Strategies. Improve Performance.

There is widespread consensus that most corporate "private regulation programs" with respect to labor conditions in global supply chains are not achieving their objectives. A key to improving performance is integrating sourcing and compliance through the use of evidence-based decision making, rigorous data analysis, and predictive modeling. 

Ensuring ethical and sustainable labor practices

Sarosh Kuruvilla, ILR Professor and Academic Director of the New Conversations Project on Sustainable Labor Practices in the Global Economy, will present new research that combats the ineffectiveness of private regulation programs with respect to standards in global supply chains. His solutions address the root cause with three main field-level issues: practice multiplicity, behavioral invisibility and causal complexity.

This interactive one-day program will show how evidence-based decision-making using rigorous analysis of corporate supply chain data can lead to the integration of sourcing and compliance, as well as the development of predictive models that will improve overall private regulation effectiveness. Through panel and group discussions with industry leaders and experts, participants will share their first-hand experiences and insights and identify approaches to bring back to their organizations to link compliance strategies with corporate codes of conduct.

Learning Objectives

  • Discover barriers to progress for sustainable labor in global supply chains
  • Identify best practices and evidence-based research recommendations to improve your own organization's performance
  • Utilize evidence-based decision-making to link compliance strategies with sourcing opportunities
  • Identify tangible action steps to improve social auditing programs and align them with corporate codes of conduct

Program Details

One-day program
Fall 2020

Cornell University
ILR New York City Conference Center
570 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 

Program Fee


Who Should Participate

Mid-to-senior level leaders tasked with corporate social responsibility, sustainability, compliance, and/or supply chain management. NGOs and corporations working in labor compliance, auditing, and labor standards.

Recognition of Achievement

Certificate of Completion from the Cornell ILR School


Session 1

Examine the current state of effectiveness of global companies' private regulation programs with respect to labor practices

Explore the evidence of progress, the rationale for failing to report progress, and barriers to success

Build an analysis of your own organization's programs and approach

Directed Group Discussion

Session 2

Learn ways to improve private regulation and Corporate Social Responsibility programs that are focused on labor issues

Assess whether standards in Codes of Conduct are "internalized," how auditing can be improved, and the role of multi-brand collaboration

Examine how "niche" institutions help, and how to utilize data gathering and analysis tools

Panel Discussion and Q&A with Leading Industry Practitioners

Session 3

Identify strategies for effectively integrating sourcing and compliance inside global companies

Analyze a case study reflecting the challenges and solutions implemented by a leading firm

Examine the role of predictive analysis and evidence-based decision making

Directed Group Discussion

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