171644 Corporate social responsibility: What is it good for?

Wednesday, October 29, 2008: 12:45 PM

Beth Rosenberg, ScD MPH , Dept. of Public Health and Family Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
In the 1990s, as a result of negative publicity about working conditions in factories in developing countries, many multi-national companies established corporate social responsibility programs. This researcher spent 2 weeks in China, interviewing an average of 12 workers and managers in each of 4 footwear factories of a famous brand, to evaluate the effect of the corporate social responsibility program. Two years later, in 2008, the researcher went to Vietnam to examine garment factories of the same famous brand and non-branded garment factories. The state of working conditions, ranging from quite good to abysmal, as well as the benefits and limitations of this approach to ensuring decent conditions for workers, will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to: - describe living and working conditions in footwear factories in China - describe working conditions in garment factories in Vietnam - analyze the benefits and limitations of corporate social responsibility programs to ensure decent conditions in a global context.

Keywords: International Health, Occupational Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I did the research.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.