Workers’ rights and corporate accountability – the move towards practical, worker-driven change for sportswear workers in Indonesia


Gardener, Daisy. 2012. “Workers’ Rights and Corporate Accountability — the Move Towards Practical, Worker-Driven Change for Sportswear Workers in Indonesia.” Gender and Development 20 (1): 49–65.

Author: Daisy Gardener


Women workers across Asia and throughout the world continue to face long hours, low wages and discrimination when they try to organise into unions within garment and footwear factories. Millions of young women are making products for companies Nike and Adidas. Over the past decade, under considerable public pressure, these companies have developed standards on workers conditions for their supplier factories. Despite this, there is still a considerable gap between sportswear companies’ policies and the actual conditions inside factories. This article explores a process in Indonesia from 2009 to 2011 which brought together Indonesian factories, international sportswear brands and Indonesian unions to develop a protocol in an attempt ensure that workers’ human rights are upheld inside factories. Women union leaders were instrumental in the development of this protocol and will be integral to the implementation of these new guidelines.

Topics: Economies, Gender, Women, International Organizations, Multi-National Corporations, Rights, Human Rights Regions: Asia, Southeast Asia Countries: Indonesia

Year: 2012

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