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Ethical fashion: governing corporate social responsibility

June 19, 2017

How often do you think about the working conditions under which the products or services you buy are made?

For most of us, the answer is probably almost never. The times we do think about it is when a catastrophic event get news coverage such as the Rana Plaza, a Bangladesh building housing garment factories, that collapsed on April 24, 2013, killing over 1,000 workers trapped inside.

SFU political science professor Anil Hira and University of Auckland professor Maureen Benson-Rea have teamed up with a group of international researchers to critically explore the efforts made by the apparel industry to improve safety conditions for its workers. The researchers suggest several solutions to help ensure that disasters like Rana Plaza never happen again.

“All current efforts, primarily as a result from anti-sweatshop activism, aimed at reforming the apparel industry have come up short,” says Hira. “Our solutions range from a re-envisioning of public-private partnership arrangements to improving the political power of worker unions to put pressure on Western consumers to demand more of their retailers.”

Anil Hira, Political Science, 778.782.3286,
Maureen Benson-Rea,
Justin Wong, University Communications, 778.782.3035/778.782.5151,