Flawed strategies to reducing labor exploitations: Reassessing the role of private actors in the global supply chain

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This research tackled the question of what private actors can do differently to reduce instances of labor exploitation in the global supply chain. As a starting point, this thesis examined a variety of existing laws and strategies with the intended aim of addressing this problem. The research relied on a multidisciplinary methodology, which incorporated findings from psychology, sociology, and other sciences to make the argument that the existing strategies – although necessary – are often flawed. In light of this finding, the manuscript offered various ways for lawmakers and private actors to adapt their current approach to better alleviate the plight of the marginalized workers.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Smits, Jan, Supervisor
  • Low, G.W.L., Co-Supervisor
Award date17 May 2017
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789461597045
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • labor exploitation
  • global supply chain management
  • multidisciplinary methodology

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