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GLOBAL : "Massive Open Online Course on decent work in global supply chains."


What are the challenges and opportunities for achieving decent work in global supply chains? How do transnational corporations and their global supply chains operate? How can they be more effectively governed?' ▶️ click on the title to read more about this free programme


'Global Supply Chains, controlled by transnational corporations, determine the ‘rules of the game’ in today’s global economy. Decent Work gaps are widespread in these often highly profitable production networks. This multi-disciplinary online course is led by Prof Mark Anner who is one of the most knowledgeable researchers on labour conditions in the global garment industry. It discusses the challenges and chances of achieving rights at work and better working conditions in global supply chains, combining expertise from the world of work with cutting-edge academic research. Looking at the economic, the governance and the labour rights dimension of supply chains, this online course is designed to develop both knowledge and practical skills for organizing workers in global supply chains and engaging in policy processes to advance decent work in global supply chains.

About this course
According to the UN organization UNCTAD, 80% of trade takes place in global supply chains linked to transnational corporations. Governed by powerful transnational corporations, these global supply chains set the ‘rules of the game’ of today’s global production system. For the majority of workers, this production system translates into poverty wages, excessive working hours, unsafe workplaces and repression of workers’ right to form and join democratic trade unions. This course offers a careful mix of video lectures and interviews, readings, online resources, and exercises to gain both knowledge and practical skills for promoting decent work in global supply chains. In some countries, the online learning experience will be complemented with local workshops for a truly global learning experience.
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What will I learn?This course discusses the particularities and strategies of transnational corporations as actors orchestrating global supply chains, as well as their impact on labour relations worldwide. It looks at regulatory frameworks for trade, investment and taxation, and explores whether global supply chains contribute to development. After presenting the major decent work gaps in today’s global supply chains, the course will look at the existing governance framework and its gaps. What are the governance gaps and what are strategies and tools for an alternative governance structure that promotes sustainable development and decent work in global supply chains?

What do I need to know?The course requires a working level of English and draws on the fields of political science and law at the level of a Masters’ programme. However, theoretical concepts are explained in an accessible and well-illustrated way, so it is also possible to participate in the course using skills and knowledge acquired outside formal education.

When? Where? For whom? Costs?

The course starts on 12 January 2017 and runs over 8 weeks Worldwide, only an internet connection is required Trade unionists and everybody interested in decent work in global supply chains The course is free of charge in the audit track, and costs 49 € in the certificate track."

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