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Workers‘ tool or PR ploy? A guide to codes of international labour practice

Art.-Nr.: 2005-06

Year of publication: 2005

Since the early 1990s, codes of conduct for multinational corporations have been proliferating. It is increasingly difficult to distinguish between the different code models. Workers all over the world are confronted with new instruments which claim to improve their labour conditions. What are the pros and cons of codes of conduct? In which way can they be useful instruments for trade unions? How can trade unions and nongovernmental organisations cooperate with regard to codes of conduct? What are the main features of current code examples and the results of a comparison between them ?

This brochure concentrates on profiles of the code verification bodies Fair Wear Foundation, Ethical Trading Initiative, Fair Labor Association, Social Accountability International, Worker Rights Consortium and a comparison between them. Next to an outline of the socio-economic context and other trade-related initiatives, this publication also contains an analysis of the trade union perspectives on codes of conduct by the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions and the International Textile, Garment & Leather Workers‘ Federation.

(Ingeborg Wick, 71 Pages)

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Workers‘ tool or PR ploy? A guide to codes of international labour practice

Art.-Nr.: 2005-06

Year of publication: 2005

Since the early 1990s, codes of conduct for multinational corporations have been proliferating. It is increasingly difficult to distinguish between the different code models. Workers all over the world are confronted with new instruments which claim to improve their labour conditions. What are the pros and cons of codes of conduct? In which way can they be useful instruments for trade unions? How can trade unions and nongovernmental organisations cooperate with regard to codes of conduct? What are the main features of current code examples and the results of a comparison between them ?

This brochure concentrates on profiles of the code verification bodies Fair Wear Foundation, Ethical Trading Initiative, Fair Labor Association, Social Accountability International, Worker Rights Consortium and a comparison between them. Next to an outline of the socio-economic context and other trade-related initiatives, this publication also contains an analysis of the trade union perspectives on codes of conduct by the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions and the International Textile, Garment & Leather Workers‘ Federation.

(Ingeborg Wick, 71 Pages)

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