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The Race to the Bottom: -A Minor Field Study of H&M’s CSR in practice
University College Stockholm, Stockholm School of Human Rights.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

CSR has become a tool for global corporations to justify their outsourcing practices in other countries. Despite these CSR policies, reports reveal that labor rights violations are common in these supply chains, and not at least in the garment industry. The purpose of this study is therefore to explore how a global clothing company’s CSR policy on labor rights is working on the ground and which factors that influence its implementation. Interviews with factory workers and experts on the topic have taken place in one of India’s largest garment hubs. The findings are based on thematical analysis and the analysis suggests that the global brand (H&M) could improve the situation by taking certain actions though several external factors also have an affect. The responsibility for poor labor conditions needs to be divided between multiple actors who all have a duty to act within their spheres of influence. The study concludes that the underlying problem of economic exploitation must be brought to an end through increased cooperation between global companies.

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2019. , p. 76
Keywords [en]
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Garment Industry, H&M, India, Labor Conditions
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-271OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ths-271DiVA, id: diva2:1340314
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Human Rights
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Master’s Programme in Human Rights
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Available from: 2019-08-05 Created: 2019-08-05 Last updated: 2019-08-05Bibliographically approved

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