Aligning Rights and Incentives
Chapter 4: The international framework for labor standards
Chapter 4 explores the role of international organizations in raising labor standards. As members of the worker and ally cluster, international organizations use their power to try to align government and business interests with those of global supply chain workers. Unfortunately, evidence suggests that these initiatives generally fail to provide the large and sustained improvements they appear to promise. Where they have had some success is establishing the norms to which all advocates of better labor rights appeal. This chapter reviews the existing international framework governing labor rights. We identify three mechanisms through which international institutions and global governance initiatives have shaped, or sought to shape, the behavior of governments and business vis-à-vis workers.
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