POSTED: December 4, 2017
Economy | System Dynamics

The Social Effects of Global Trade

New edited collection with chapter by Simon Mair, Angela Druckman and Tim Jackson: Fairness and Globalization in the Western European Clothing Supply Chain
December 2017

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As part of a new compilation of groundbreaking work on social indicators, Simon Mair, Angela Druckman and Tim Jackson have contributed a chapter examining how globalisation since 1990 has shaped fairness in the Western European clothing supply chain. Over this period, wages in lower income countries have risen dramatically. However, they still fall well below those paid in Western Europe and are around half that needed to live a good life.

Consequently, despite improvements in wages, globalisation has not made the Western European clothing supply chain ‘fair’. One way to improve fairness could be to pay a ‘living wage’ to workers in poorer countries, the research finds, something that would only cost a small fraction of the annual Western European spend on clothing.

The edited collection bases the work “in the real world of politics, human rights, and business, bringing together a multidisciplinary team to demonstrate the power of Input-Output analysis to illuminate some of the world’s most pressing problems”. Edited by Joy Murray, Arunima Malik, and Arne Geschke, the book is designed to appeal to academic and business audience alike.

For more details, visit the CRC Press website. A preview of the book can be accessed on the Pan Stanford Publishing website (PDF).


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