The enforcement of diverse labour standards through private governance: an assessment

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract The effectiveness of private governance on global labour standards remains extremely difficult to assess, let alone measure. Debates surrounding relevant factors focus on two areas: contextual variables regarding social and economic upgrading, and firm-specific characteristics. This article contributes to both debates, looking at characteristics of buyer companies, while also taking institutional variables into account. It examines structural and environmental features of cases encoded in a data set derived from over 1000 audit reports compiled by the Fair Labor Association. Focusing on the apparel, sports- and footwear industry, the article highlights the importance of regulatory quality, economic performance and social freedom in sourcing countries for the success of private governance. The analysis statistically underlines the importance of public governance specifically for process rights, such as anti-discrimination and freedom of association. Complementarity between private and public governance programmes may therefore be particularly important for these standards.
Authors Ströhle, Judith
Journal or Publication Title Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research
Language English
Subjects business studies
social sciences
Refereed Yes
Date 2017
Publisher Sage
Number 23(4)
Page Range 1-19
Publisher DOI
Official URL
Depositing User Prof. PhD Judith Ströhle
Date Deposited 19 Sep 2022 12:44
Last Modified 19 Sep 2022 13:09


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Ströhle, Judith (2017) The enforcement of diverse labour standards through private governance: an assessment. Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research, (23(4)). 1-19.

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