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Do code of conduct audits improve chemical safety in garment factories?: Lessons on corporate social responsibility in the supply chain from Fair Wear Foundation
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History.
2016 (English)In: International journal of occupational and environmental health, ISSN 1077-3525, E-ISSN 2049-3967, 1-9 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Background: In managing chemical risks to the environment and human health in supply chains, voluntary corporate social responsibility (CSR) measures, such as auditing code of conduct compliance, play an important role. Objectives: To examine how well suppliers’ chemical health and safety performance complies with buyers’ CSR policies and whether audited factories improve their performance. Methods: CSR audits (n = 288) of garment factories conducted by Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), an independent non-profit organization, were analyzed using descriptive statistics and statistical modeling. Results: Forty-three per cent of factories did not comply with the FWF code of conduct, i.e. received remarks on chemical safety. Only among factories audited 10 or more times was there a significant increase in the number of factories receiving no remarks. Conclusions: Compliance with chemical safety requirements in garment supply chains is low and auditing is statistically correlated with improvements only at factories that have undergone numerous audits.

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Taylor & Francis, 2016. 1-9 p.
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Audit, Chemicals, Code of conduct, CSR, Health and safety, Solvents, Voluntary regulation
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-194861DOI: 10.1080/10773525.2016.1227036ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84986192929OAI: diva2:1054888

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Available from: 2016-12-09 Created: 2016-11-01 Last updated: 2016-12-09Bibliographically approved

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