Ethical codes: reality and rhetoric - a study of Sri Lanka's apparel sector

Ruwanpura, Kanchana N. (2012) Ethical codes: reality and rhetoric - a study of Sri Lanka's apparel sector. Southampton, GB, University of Southampton, 41pp.


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This report provides initial findings from a three year study, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, on evolving labour practice responses to ethical trading initiatives at sites of production which focuses on the Sri Lankan apparel sector (Grant number: RES-061-25-0181). The report focuses on what the Sri Lankan apparel sector’s evolution into value-added apparel production implies for labour conditions and practices at production sites. It is also interested in exploring what local institutional factors enables Sri Lanka to position itself as a supplier engaged in ethical production and the extent to which the ‘garments without guilt’ initiative rests upon legitimate adherence to global ethical code regimes. Issues of paramount importance as the world economy go through a downturn. This report is intended as a sole key point summary primarily targeting the non-academic community as its readership; those interested in detailed findings of the project should contact Dr. Kanchana N. Ruwanpura (

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Divisions : Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Geography and Environment > Economy, Society & Space
ePrint ID: 337113
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
11 March 2012UNSPECIFIED
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2012 10:41
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:26
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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