The costs of compliance? Views of Sri Lankan apparel manufacturers in times of global economic crisis

Ruwanpura, Kanchana N. and Wrigley, Neil (2011) The costs of compliance? Views of Sri Lankan apparel manufacturers in times of global economic crisis. Journal of Economic Geography, 11, (6), 1-19. (doi:10.1093/jeg/lbq036).


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Complementing the rise of ethical trading initiatives there has been a parallel growth in the number of academic studies tracking their origins and evolution, and assessing the implementation and success of social auditing practices. Despite this, the consequences and responses to the implementation of codes of conduct relating to labour standards at sites of production remains an understudied topic. This article focuses on those issues in the context of the global apparel industry using evidence from interviews with managers in the Sri Lankan garment manufacturing sector. In particular, it focuses on the contradictions and tensions inherent in compliance, and the anxieties management face during a period of global economic crisis, in a country which is generally considered to be in the vanguard of promoting and protecting ethical labour standards

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1093/jeg/lbq036
ISSNs: 1468-2710 (electronic)
1468-2702 (print)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Geography > Economy, Culture, Space
ePrint ID: 176655
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
September 2011Published
Date Deposited: 19 May 2011 08:03
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:33
Labour-Practice Responses to Ethical-Trading Codes of Conduct at Sites of Production: A Case Study of the Sri Lankan Apparel Sector
Funded by: ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (RES-061-25-0181)
Led by: Kanchana Nimali Ruwanpura
1 December 2008 to 31 March 2012

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