Susan Goldstein: Rethinking Relationships in the Global Garment Supply Chain

Susan Goldstein: Rethinking Relationships in the Global Garment Supply Chain


There have been a number of events around
the globe that have really sparked interest in factory working conditions. The collapse of the Rana Plaza building in
the garment factory district of Bangladesh was one of the major events that received
a lot of media attention and really brought to light, for consumers, that some of the
conditions that exist where our products are being made, that we’re buying in our Western
stores. In tis paper we look at whether knowledge
of the working condition risks in supplier factories in global supply chains, whether
that impacts the likelihood that a buyer will purchase from a particular supplier factory. SO we asked the question of whether these
working condition risks seem to impact the trustworthiness of the supplier in the eyes
of the buyers. We can note that as to whether the buyers
are buying from particular factories that have been inspected. I think the short answer to that question
is yes, those working condition risks do seem to impact the likelihood of buyers going to
a certain factory. When companies think about what they’re doing
to manage their supply chain and when consumers think about consideration for where their
products and services come from I think that this particular study does provide evidence
that we can have impact both as consumers and as businesses, we can have impact in a
really positive way around the world for millions of workers who are working in less desirable
conditions than we see here in the west but those conditions can be improved through good
management of the supply chains.

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