Human Rights and Procurement

Regarding the conference organized by the HEC Paris Social  Business / Enterprise and Poverty Chair and SnO Center (5pm, Monday 11 May 2015), we are happy to share with you the following readings.                



We also suggest you visit the exhibition: “Derrière le code-barres” realized by Ressources Humaines Sans Frontières whitch is an NGO that promotes Human Rights at Work in the Supply Chain. (from 4th to 15th May).


HRM and ethics

Your company may unwittingly be conducting business with human traffickers: How can you prevent this? / Smith Catherine Taken & Betts, Teresa. Business horizons, mars 2015, vol. 58, issue 2. (HEC Paris authentification needed) Article

A new concern is beginning to gain notoriety in society: human trafficking. This issue, which can result in slavery, should concern businesses. Almost 30 million slaves exist globally today. The fact that human trafficking is a $32 billion business indicates either indifference for human rights or an ignorance of the injustice occurring. Even though companies may be against the idea of human trafficking, they may not recognize that they could be contributing to this problem through their business operations and relationships. However, companies can exercise social responsibility by using their influence over suppliers and business partners to prohibit human trafficking. This article examines the extent to which companies are involved in combating human trafficking, and helps companies identify where they are at risk for involvement with human trafficking. Moreover, steps are suggested to prevent human trafficking from occurring within company operations and supply chains.

Towards an Ethical Research Agenda for International HRM: The Possibilities of a Plural Cosmopolitan Framework. / Janssens, Maddy & Steyaert, Chris. Journal of business ethics, novembre 2012, vol. 11 issue 1. (HEC Paris authentification needed) Article

In this conceptual paper, we aim to develop a much needed ethical research agenda for international Human Resource Management (HRM), given that the changing geopolitical dynamics interrogate the political role of multinational companies and the ethical stance they take in their HRM practices. To theoretically ground this agenda, we turn to cosmopolitanism and distinguish three main perspectives-political, cultural, and social-each of which implies a different understanding of the self-other relation in the context of the global world. We translate the core and ethical stance of each perspective to the field of international HRM, presenting three different foci of an ethical research agenda in terms of the ethical implications for multinational companies, research focus, methodological suggestions, and inherent limitations.

Working off the clock and its impact / Faraz, Muhammad ; Shamsi, Aamir & Rizwana, Bashir. Journal of business ethics, July 2014, vol. 122, issue 3. (HEC Paris authentification needed) Article

Textile is one of the largest export and source of foreign exchange in Pakistan. For the last two decades, Textile sector is serving as the backbone for Pakistan economy. Several foreign retailers including Target, Jessie Penny, Wal-Mart, and Kohl’s are outsourcing textile and garments from Pakistan. Along with the quality, these retailers are highly concerned with the ethical and social issues of their suppliers, including child labor, forced labor, compensation, working hours and environment health, and safety. My current study is an applied research, based on the problem, regarding the working hours and its proper management in textile factories, mismanagement of which lead to serious issues during social and ethical standard audits. Repetition of which may consequent in termination of business with suppliers and factories. The research hypothesis is that working off the clock will lead to overtime premium not paid and double book record keeping. As far as ethical and social compliance (SC) is concerned both overtime premiums not paid and double book records are critical issues during SC audit. A sample of 40 suppliers (factories SC audit reports) of Pakistan was randomly selected working with foreign buyers. Secondary data were used to verify the findings based on Audits finding conducted by different third party during a period of 2 years, i.e. Feb., 2010 to Jan., 2012. The results and research findings reflect that during the last 2 years (Nov., 2010 to Oct., 2012) out of 40 factories audit reports 25 factories (62.5 %) were found having working off the clock that also lead to overtime premium not paid. However, double book records were not witnessed in all 40 factories SC audit reports as parallel (falsified) records were not maintained by any factories. The above findings will help the suppliers, factories, and buyers to develop a proactive approach (on buyers end) and proper production planning (on suppliers and factories end) to avoid critical issues and smooth business activities.

Globalization of the Economy

For Bangladeshi Women, Work is Worth the risks / Srivastava, Mehul. Bloomberg Businessweek. 4/28/2014. Issue 4376. (HEC Paris authentification needed) Article

The article discusses economic opportunity afforded to poor, illiterate women in Bangladesh by the country’s garment industry. Although work conditions can be unpleasant and unsafe, garment-factory jobs provide these women with better-than-average pay for manual labor, and also make it easier for them to send their daughters to school. The circumstances of garment-industry worker Nazma Akhter, a survivor of a fire at the Tazreen Fashions clothing factory, and her daughter are described. 

ADAPTING to a workforce WITHOUT borders / Gartside, David ; Sloman, Colin. T+D, avril 2014, vol. 68 issue 4. (HEC Paris authentification needed) Article

The article focuses on the changes that have occurred in the talent landscape due to increasing globalization. It highlights the need for human resource department to reinvent itself to help their organization adapt to an increasingly diverse workforce. The importance of developing strong local leaders with a global mindset to achieve the benefits of global integration is emphasized. Tips in acquiring global talent are also presented, including forging relationships in micro-communities.


Please, find also several books on this issue at the Library!

Use this link to display the bibliography of the 5 recommended books to borrow or read online via the Library Subscription.



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