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Women Working in the Global Economy:  A Feminist Perspective Professor Yana Rodgers Women’s and Gender Studies Department Class 10: Labor Standards and Corporate Social Responsibility The International Labour Organization and Labor Standards
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Organization 1. Introduction 2. History and role of ILO 3. Adoption by firms of ILO core standards 4. Theoretical case for core labor standards 5. Discussion: Compare US with other countries Case study: organic roses
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Introduction The rise of voluntary codes of conduct The codes debate Main question:  Is it appropriate for defining corporate social  responsibility in terms of the core labor standards? Define core labor standards Growing commitment to the core standards ILO responsibility Firms must elaborate upon the core standards and extend  them.
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History and Role of ILO Founded in 1919; purpose to prevent what is now called 
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Unformatted text preview: “race to the bottom” • Conventions: number, not legally binding, enforcement • 1998 Declaration on Fundamental Rights and Principles at Work • Signs of success Adoption by Firms of ILO Core Standards • Choices in adopting conventions • May not make sense for firms to adopt the core standards in their original forms • Firms need to elaborate what they are committing themselves to • Firms need to expand their obligations • Underlying reason is the power of the firm Theoretical Case for Core Labor Standards 1. ILO reflects a political philosophy of pluralism 2. Reconciliation process between employers and workers 3. Principle of freedom of association is central to ILO 4. Idea of power underlies what the conventions do and what the ILO aims to achieve 5. ILO bolsters the regulatory power of the state so workers are not exploited through the power of capital....
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