2023 Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector

Transforming business models in the global garment industry: Are partnerships the answer? 

Feb 13, 2023 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Virtual 3


by The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, University of California at Berkeley, Stern School of Business, NYU and the Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights Despite the claims of many fashion brands to engage in responsible sourcing practices, the typical characteristics of garment supply chains -- hyper flexibility, lack of transparency, and unequal power dynamics -- are not readily compatible with these brand commitments. In addition, it is common for global retailers to engage in transactional or indirect relationships with their suppliers in the Global South that can undermine human rights and exacerbate poor working conditions. This panel will explore the potential of a buyer-supplier partnership model to benefit global retailers, suppliers, and most importantly, garment workers.

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