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Voluntary ProgramsA Club Theory Perspective$
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Matthew Potoski and Aseem Prakash

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262162500

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262162500.001.0001

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Standards for Sweatshops: The Power and Limits of the Club Approach to Voluntary Labor Standards

Standards for Sweatshops: The Power and Limits of the Club Approach to Voluntary Labor Standards

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(p.106) (p.107) 6 Standards for Sweatshops: The Power and Limits of the Club Approach to Voluntary Labor Standards
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Voluntary Programs
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Tim Bartley

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262162500.003.0006

This chapter, which takes a closer look at how the club approach affects certain labor forces such as the apparel and footwear companies, examines how the accusation of these companies of exploiting child labor and suppressing labor rights led to the implementation of voluntary programs. It also takes into account exactly how these firms began their participation in these voluntary programs and what effects they have had to date, taking a look at voluntary labor standards programs and how the initial attempts at these programs affected certain firms after the El Monte incident. Furthermore, the chapter exposes the limitations of the club approach in solving firms’ reputations and credibility problems. In conclusion, it is argued that the presence of voluntary standards did not necessarily translate into major changes in working conditions and labor rights within these types of firm.

Keywords:   antisweatshop, child labor, labor rights, voluntary labor standards, El Monte, club approach, voluntary standards, working conditions

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