SPERI is pleased to announce the launch of a new series of Global Political Economy Briefs. The new series will showcase the leading global political economy research by SPERI researchers and colleagues from amongst the international academic community and will focus accordingly on major contemporary global political economy issues.
The new series launches with a Brief on ‘Ethical Audits and the Supply Chains of Global Corporations’ by Genevieve LeBaron (SPERI Research Fellow, Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Sheffield and current Visiting Professor at Yale University) and Jane Lister (Senior Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia).
Incidents such as the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh in April 2013 and the exposé of slavery and human trafficking in the Thai shrimp industry in 2014 have focused attention on the supply chains of global corporations. The new Brief demonstrates that, despite increased ‘audits’ and inspections, labour abuses, poor working conditions and environmental degradation within global supply chains remain widespread. Ultimately, the Brief concludes that the auditing system for global supply chains is ‘working’ for corporations, but failing workers in developing countries and the planet. You can read coverage of the Brief in the Guardian here.
The new Global Political Economy Briefs sit alongside SPERI’s successful British Political Economy Brief series. The British series launched in 2014 and the 18 briefs published to date have secured prominent media coverage in the Financial Times, the Guardian, the Independent and across the BBC.