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Labor and Human Rights in the Supply Chain

Nov 20, 2023

Annual “Doing Good with OM and OR” Workshop focused on making an impact on society

Tim Kraft and Eda Kemahlioglu-Ziya (shown below) organized this event, and also wrote this brief summary of the day. On Friday, November 17th, the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative hosted its… 

May 4, 2023

First Case of Human Rights Violations is Filed under the German Due Diligence Act

A little-noticed but important development occured this week, that demonstrates how labor and human rights is impacting the supply chain landscape- and also shows how ESG laws are evolving much… 

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… 

close-up photo of a sewing machine stitching a seam

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… 

Sep 29, 2021

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… 

garment factory in India

Jan 25, 2021

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

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… 

May 1, 2020

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… 

Jul 28, 2019

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.…