Beyond corporate codes of conduct: Work organization and labour standards at Nike's suppliers

Richard Locke, Thomas Kochan, Monica Romis, Fei Qin

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What role can corporate codes of conduct play in monitoring compliance with international labour standards and improving working conditions in global supply chains? Addressing this question, the authors first summarize the results of research on factory audits of working conditions in 800 of Nike's suppliers in 51 countries and two intensive case studies. They then discuss how the codes fit into the broader array of institutions, policies and practices aimed at regulating and improving working conditions, suggesting an evolutionary and complementary approach to regulating working conditions in global supply chains. They outline additional research and institutional innovations needed to test these ideas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-40
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Labour Review
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • Code of Conduct
  • Corporate responsibility
  • Labour standards
  • Multinational enterprise
  • Value chains
  • Working conditions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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