Lone Riisgaard is at the Danish Institute for International Studies. Nikolaus Hammer is at the Centre for Labour Market Studies, University of Leicester.
Prospects for Labour in Global Value Chains: Labour Standards in the Cut Flower and Banana Industries
Article first published online: 22 JUN 2009
© Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2009
British Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume 49, Issue 1, pages 168–190, March 2011
How to Cite
Riisgaard, L. and Hammer, N. (2011), Prospects for Labour in Global Value Chains: Labour Standards in the Cut Flower and Banana Industries. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 49: 168–190. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8543.2009.00744.x
- Issue published online: 22 JUN 2009
- Article first published online: 22 JUN 2009
- Final version accepted on 9 March 2009.
Global value chain (GVC) governance is central to analyses of labour's strategic options. It frames the terrain on which labour campaigns and institutions — such as private social standards and international framework agreements — contribute to the social regulation of value chains. GVC concepts help to emphasize how power in the employment relationship transcends organizational boundaries, as well as how industrial power is shifting from the sphere of production to that of consumption. Based on extensive case studies of the banana and cut flower value chains, we explore the implications of GVC restructuring for the scope and form of labour rights strategies.