New Solutions for Labor Practices in Global Supply Chains

Uncover Insights. Adopt New Strategies. Improve Performance.

There is widespread consesnsus 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 facilitate this highly interactive one-day workshop by bringing together the latest in corporate social responsibility research on labor in global supply chains and top organizations. The workshop will use new empirical data from leading firms, auditing companies, and multi-stakeholder initiatives to identify best practices for those tasked with monitoring and improving the effectiveness of their sustainable supply chain management practices.

In this active learning environment, participants will explore new theory and evidence, as well as analytical insights and challenges, to reflect on their own organizational practices. Engage in rich dialogue with industry practitioners during panel discussions as they share their first-hand experiences and insights. In guided conversations, participants will identify novel solutions that can be introduced in their organization linking compliance strategies with sourcing, and how to improve their social auditing programs with regard to corporate codes of conduct, auditing, and sourcing.

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
May 18, 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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