Recommended Books & Websites

Often people ask us to explain social responsibility and global manufacturing in a five-minute conversation, but many of the components that influence the way business is done are incredibly complex and nuanced. If you are interested in the subject, and want to delve a little deeper, here are some books and websites that will help.


BOOKS

The China Price: The true cost of Chinese competitive advantage

The China Price: The true cost of Chinese competitive advantage
by Alexandra Harney

In The China Price, acclaimed Financial Times correspondent Alex Harney uncovers the truth about how China is able to offer such amazingly low prices to the rest of the world.

Buy it at Powell's Books

The travels of a T-Shirt in a Global Economy: An economist examines the markets, power, and politics of world trade

The travels of a T-Shirt in a Global Economy: An economist examines the markets, power, and politics of world trade
by Pietra Rivoli

In The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy, business professor Pietra Rivoli takes the reader on a fascinating around-the-world adventure to reveal the life story of her six-dollar T-shirt.

Buy it at Powell's Books

Corporate Responsibility: A Critical Introduction

Corporate Responsibility: A Critical Introduction
by Mike Blowfield and Alan Murray

This textbook examines the multiple dimensions to corporate responsibility, creating a framework that presents a historical and interdisciplinary overview of the field, a summary of different management approaches, and a review of the key actors and trends worldwide.

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Social Welfare and Individual Responsibility (For and Against)

Social Welfare and Individual Responsibility (For and Against)
by David Schmidtz and Robert E. Goodin

In Social Welfare and Individual Responsibility, Schmidtz and Goodin debate the ethical merits of individual versus collective responsibility for welfare.

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The Debate over Corporate Social Responsibility

The Debate over Corporate Social Responsibility
by Steven K. May, George Cheney and Juliet Roper

Should business strive to be socially responsible, and if so, how? The Debate over Corporate Social Responsibility updates and broadens the discussion of these questions by bringing together in one volume a variety of practical and theoretical perspectives on corporate social responsibility.

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The Market for Virtue: The Potential And Limits of Corporate Social Responsibility

The Market for Virtue: The Potential And Limits of Corporate Social Responsibility
by David Vogel

David Vogel presents a clear, balanced analysis of the contemporary corporate social responsibility (CSR) movement in the United States and Europe.

Buy it at Powell's Books

WEBSITES

Fair Labor Association

Patagonia is a member of the Fair Labor Association, a multi-stakeholder initiative that includes companies, colleges, universities, and non-governmental organizations working together to improve workers' lives.

Read more at: www.fairlabor.org

Fair Wear Foundation

The Fair Wear Foundation is an international verification initiative dedicated to enhancing workers’ lives all over the world.

Read more at: www.fairwear.org

Perspectives in Responsible Sourcing

Cal Safety Compliance Corporation's (CSCC) blog on responsible sourcing featuring the view points and experiences of CSCC's own experts and friends in the corporate responsibility industry.

Read more at: www.cscc.typepad.com

Business and Human Rights

A website that provides balanced information regarding the positive and negative impact of companies' human rights impact worldwide.

Read more at: www.business-humanrights.org/

Fair Wage Network

The Fair Wage Network aims to bring together all of the actors involved in supply chains in an interactive and dynamic process that promotes better wage practices.

Read more at: www.fair-wage.com

Human Rights First

Human Rights First believes that building respect for human rights and the rule of law will help ensure the dignity to which every individual is entitled and will stem tyranny, extremism, intolerance, and violence.

Read more at: www.humanrightsfirst.org

Business and Human Rights

Human Rights Watch is an independent, nongovernmental organization dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world.

Read more at: www.hrw.org

Verite

Verité's mission is to ensure that people around the world work under safe, fair and legal conditions. Its services help companies and other stakeholders fully understand labor issues, overcome obstacles, and build sustainable solutions into their supply chains.

Read more at: www.verite.org

Maquila Solidarity Network

The Maquila Solidarity Network (MSN) is a labour and women's rights organization that supports the efforts of workers in global supply chains to win improved wages and working conditions and a better quality of life.

Read more at: en.maquilasolidarity.org

Environmental Leader

Environmental Leader is a daily trade publication that keeps corporate executives fully informed about energy, environmental and sustainability news.

Read more at: www.environmentalleader.com