Levi's Children Coming to Terms With Human Rights in the Global Marketplace (Paperback)
|Author: Karl Schoenberger|
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|Over the last decade, ugly allegations of corporate complicity in human-rights violations have exploded into one of the most controversial issues of our time. Companies are being held responsible by human-rights advocates for the injustices that are the unintended side effects of economic globalization: union repression in China, forced labor in Burma, child workers in Pakistan, and sweatshop abuse throughout the developing world. Using the story of Levi Strauss & Company as a guide, Karl Schoenberger offers a highly readable assessment of the challenge that the human-rights scourge poses to international business.|
Schoenberger is sensitive to the interests of activists, politicians, and multinationals, and as a result his call for active corporate engagement and rigorous accountability in promoting the rights of overseas workers carries enormous resonance. Simultaneously impassioned and evenhanded, Levi's Children is a work of profound importance, one that may help us chart our course in the next century.
From the Publisher:
A veteran journalist takes a thought-provoking look at the conflict among human rights, corporate social responsibility, and economic demands, as he examines the case of Levi Strauss & Company, which, because of soaring costs and competition, has been forced to move production overseas to regions known for sweatshop abuse and political repression. Reprint.A veteran journalist takes a thought-provoking look at the conflict among human rights, corporate social responsibility, and economic demands, as he examines the case of Levi Strauss & Company, which, because of soaring costs and competition, has been forced to move production overseas to regions known for sweatshop abuse and political repression. Reprint.
In this examination of global corporations, the author provides the corrupt histories of Levi Strauss and Company, Nike, and Reebok, illustrating how these organizations have violated human rights in Asia.
"...[T]his book is a thoughtful addition to contemporary debates." 5/8/2000 Boston Book Review
"In good journalistic fashion, Karl Schoenberger has tried to put a face on the problem [of the exploitation of labor caused by globalization]." - Nicholas Confessore July/August 2000