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Collaborative socially responsible practices for improving the position of Chinese workers in global supply chains

Hofman, Peter S.; Wu, Bin; Liu, Kaiming

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Peter S. Hofman

Bin Wu

Kaiming Liu



Abstract

In this paper we evaluate three projects with the participation of 40 supplier firms in several Chinese coastal provinces representing multi-stakeholder efforts to provide alternative channels through which workers can voice their concerns. The supplier firms took on these projects to reduce worker dissatisfaction and employee turnover. The projects fill an institutional void in employer–employee relations within Chinese supplier firms as they provide alternative channels for workers to voice their concerns. The role of civil society organisations focusing on labour interests was a crucial feature of the projects, through capacity-building for workers and by providing independence. The supplier firms and their workers have benefitted as firms take measures to enhance worker satisfaction, while the reduced employee turnover positively impacted firm performance. We propose that these collaborative socially responsible practices are a potential way to strengthen the positions of workers and supplier firms in global supply chains

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs
Print ISSN 1868-4874
Electronic ISSN 1868-4874
Publisher German Institute of Global and Area Studies / Leibniz-Institut für Globale und Regionale Studien
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 43
Issue 4
APA6 Citation Hofman, P. S., Wu, B., & Liu, K. (2014). Collaborative socially responsible practices for improving the position of Chinese workers in global supply chains. Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 43(4),
Keywords China, corporate social responsibility, employee voice,
global supply chains, stakeholders, employee turnover, supplier firms
Publisher URL http://journals.sub.uni-hamburg.de/giga/jcca/article/view/801
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0

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