Journal Article

The costs of compliance? Views of Sri Lankan apparel manufacturers in times of global economic crisis

Kanchana N. Ruwanpura and Neil Wrigley

in Journal of Economic Geography

Volume 11, issue 6, pages 1031-1049
Published in print November 2011 | ISSN: 1468-2702
Published online December 2010 | e-ISSN: 1468-2710 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jeg/lbq036
The costs of compliance? Views of Sri Lankan apparel manufacturers in times of global economic crisis

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Complementing the rise of ethical trading initiatives there has been a parallel growth in the number of academic studies tracking their origins and evolution, and assessing the implementation and success of social auditing practices. Despite this, the consequences and responses to the implementation of codes of conduct relating to labour standards at sites of production remains an understudied topic. This article focuses on those issues in the context of the global apparel industry using evidence from interviews with managers in the Sri Lankan garment manufacturing sector. In particular, it focuses on the contradictions and tensions inherent in compliance, and the anxieties management face during a period of global economic crisis, in a country which is generally considered to be in the vanguard of promoting and protecting ethical labour standards.

Keywords: Corporate codes; Sri Lanka; economic crisis; J80; L81

Journal Article.  9705 words. 

Subjects: Labour Standards: National and International ; Services

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