Globalization has resulted in production that relies on international supply chains stretching around the globe. Multinational corporations produce products in low-wage countries, particularly apparel, electronics, footwear and toys. Service networks are similarly globalized.
Unfortunately many local supply chains have poor labor and environmental standards. Workers are paid poorly and often work in unsafe conditions. To change this, we call on corporations to improve working conditions in supplier factories.
The Oblates are in dialog with companies from a wide range of sectors from electronics (General Electric Company) to retail (Wal-Mart). We work with fellow ICCR members to press for implementation of policies to insure better working conditions and wages for workers as well as improved environmental conditions. Companies respond out of concern for their reputation and ‘Brand’.
Some important developments:
Project Kaleidoscope [McDonald’s and Walt Disney]