Special issue of Competition & Change: Business and human rights in global value chains

This special issue explores attempts to advance respect for human rights in the context of business activity in global value chains. The special issue consists of an introduction and four articles which describe and interrogate some of the principle changes currently taking place in global value chain governance as these relate to human rights: the impact on worker power of the rise of larger emerging-market multinationals in value chains traditionally dominated by global brands; the limits of monitoring and transparency mechanisms as effective regulators of human rights in supply chains; the role of contracts in ensuring respect for human rights; and the possibility to use the courts to enforce respect for rights across fragmented production networks.


Buhmann, K., Taylor, M. B., & Giuliani, E. (2019). Editorial – Business and human rights in global value chains. Competition & Change, 23(4), 337–345. https://doi.org/10.1177/1024529419865668


Kumar, A. (2019). A race from the bottom? Lessons from a workers’ struggle at a Bangalore warehouse. Competition & Change, 23(4), 346–377. https://doi.org/10.1177/1024529418815640


Outhwaite, O., & Martin-Ortega, O. (2019). Worker-driven monitoring – Redefining supply chain monitoring to improve labour rights in global supply chains. Competition & Change, 23(4), 378–396. https://doi.org/10.1177/1024529419865690


Mitkidis, K., Perkovic, S., & Mitkidis, P. (2019). Tendencies in contractual governance to promote human and labour rights in transnational supply chains. Competition & Change, 23(4), 397–419. https://doi.org/10.1177/1024529419844385


Salminen, J. (2019). From product liability to production liability: Modelling a response to the liability deficit of global value chains on historical transformations of production. Competition & Change, 23(4), 420–438. https://doi.org/10.1177/1024529419838197


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