Labour Standards in a Globalised EconomySymposium

How can customers promote labour standards?

A realistic view on the capacity of social labelling

Among the most important forms of private initiatives for the protection and promotion of labour standards are social labelling schemes implemented by NGOs. These are for example Goodweave (formerly known as Rugmark), Fairtrade and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Social labelling schemes have been spreading rapidly since the 1990s and the academic debate has grown along with it. The controversial question has been: Are social labelling schemes actually effective? Many authors …