Corporate Social Responsibility and Labor Agency: The Case of Nike in Pakistan

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    Abstract

    This article examines the circumstances under which CSR initiatives facilitate and/or constrain labor agency in GPNs. Using a case study of Nike’s CSR approach in the football manufacturing industry of Pakistan, we explore how the CSR measures advocated in a new, emerging policy paradigm on CSR in GPNs affect labor agency at Nike’s main football supplier factory in Pakistan. We argue that international companies may undermine labor agency in GPNs through their sourcing policies, but that their CSR policies could have a potential, albeit limited, positive impact on labor agency in GPNs which is significantly shaped by national-level contextual factors.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationFrederiksberg
    PublisherCopenhagen Business School [wp]
    Number of pages26
    ISBN (Print)9878792117280
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    SeriesWorking Paper
    Number1

    Keywords

    • Labor Agency
    • Global Production Networks
    • Football Manufacturing
    • Parkistan

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