Thursday 6 March, 1.00-4.00pm, B3.19 (WBS Scarman Road)
Lead: Dr James Harrison & Professor Paul Marginson
The session will consider human rights and labour reporting processes for multinationals and their supply chains. Specifically we are interested in the rise of self-reporting on human rights and labour standards prompted be new forms of regulation, for instance as a result of the Ruggie Framework, the Global Compact, US reporting requirements on conflict minerals etc. What can learn we from examining these reporting processes, their shared features and their differences?
Interesting cross-cutting questions might include (but they are certainly not limited to!):
- What legitimates the authority of actors in self-reporting mechanisms? To whom are they accountable?
- How transparent are the processes, does transparency matter and does this contribute to the legitimacy of the processes themselves in the eyes of the world?
- Are there (and should there be) effective monitoring mechanisms by which these forms of self-reporting are held to account?
- How can the effectiveness of these self-reporting processes be evaluated – according to what cross-cutting ‘benchmarks’ of success?
- What actors/processes/outcomes do different initiatives aim to influence and how far are these effective in shaping benefits accruing to individual corporations and/or their supply chains?