Labor and Human Rights in the Supply Chain

Nov 2, 2022

Consumer Pressure Is Key to Fixing Dire Labor Conditions in the Clothing Supply Chain

Originally published on November 02, 2022, in the Harvard Business Review – Operations And Supply Chain Management by Robert Handfield, Tim Kraft, and Marguerite Moore SUMMARY The plethora of different audit systems and standards for assessing labor practices in factories […]

Nov 29, 2021

Study Details Baseline Needs to Bring Factories into Compliance with Labor Standards

The study is a significant step toward building support for making the needed changes.

Oct 28, 2021

Rob Handfield: Shortages Caused Bottlenecks in Supply Chains

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, explains that shortages caused by unhappiness in the labor force led to current bottlenecks in supply chains. “It’s not going to be fixed. Labor is the biggest problem right now,” said Handfield. […]

Sep 29, 2021  |  Director's Blog

What would you do if you discovered modern slavery in your supply chain? The role of psychological distance…

In a recent article published in the Journal of Operations Management (“The role of psychological distance in organizational responses to modern slavery risk in supply chains“), I along with a team of co-authors from Australia and Finland worked to understand […]

Jan 25, 2021  |  Articles

Helping Consumers Change the World When They Shop

Can all of the fair labor programs be folded into one score for consumers?

Jan 16, 2021  |  Articles

The Shift to E-Commerce Has Created a Demand for New Job Opportunities

According to LinkedIn, many businesses are searching for new workers as they ascertain strategies to continue operation during the challenging era of COVID-19. Because of this, calls for frontline e-commerce workers increased a stunning 73% between the months of April […]

May 1, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Catastrophic Impacts of COVID19 in Bangladesh Apparel Supply Chain

An article written by my former PhD student, Rejaul Hasan, and I just came out this week in Contracting Excellence, the journal published by IACCM, which documents the catastrophe that is unfolding in Bangladesh, one of the world’s major exporters […]

Jul 28, 2019  |  Articles

Global Sourcing and Human Rights Go Hand in Hand

Low-cost country (LCC) sourcing is now a commonplace strategy for shrinking bottom line labor and material costs in most consumer products industries, including apparel, footwear, toys, and other manufactured products. Organizations continue to scour global markets for even lower labor […]

Jun 5, 2018  |  Director's Blog

Homeland Security is Using Supply Chain Analytics to Go After Organized Crime and Traffickers

I had the pleasure of attending the Thomson Reuters Government Conference, and sat on a panel with Andy Russell, Lead Director, Department of Defense Programs. Prior to our panel session, I heard from some outstanding speakers on the topic of […]

Aug 23, 2017  |  Director's Blog

Needed: A New Way to Manage Risk in Low Cost Countries

Nowhere are disruptions more prevalent than in Low Cost Countries (LCC’s), which have become the focal point for outsourced contract manufacturing for major apparel brands such as Nike, Under Armour, Gap, Apple, and others. As organizations have expanded their supply chains globally, they have moved to outsourced manufacturing that reduces cost, but which also exposes their brand to greater risk. “Instead of brand versus brand or store versus store, it is now suppliers—brand—store versus suppliers—brand—store, or supply chain versus supply chain,” as Lambert and Cooper[1] highlighted in a seminal research article in 2000.