Unveiling the hidden labour costs of global supply chains

October 1, 2013 by

BRAC founder and chairperson Sir Fazle Hasan Abed spoke as part of a panel discussion on labor and global supply chains, held at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City last week. Here’s the full description from the Initiative website:

Recent incidents in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and China have demonstrated that despite ongoing public and private sector efforts, much more needs to be done to improve labour standards and workers’ conditions around the world. Numerous cross-sector approaches can be utilised to successfully address these rights amid today’s increasingly complex global supply chains. Governments and multinational corporations can identify incentives to further promote investment in improved labour standards; and work together to improve metrics development, data collection, and transparency to provide critical information to all stakeholders.

This session will explore how governments, companies, and NGOs can partner to eliminate forced labour, hazardous working conditions, excessive hours, and poor wages in work environments globally. Members will examine how they can empower workers to uphold their rights and improve their own work conditions by collaborating with suppliers across the value chain.


Donna Karan, Founder, Urban Zen Foundation


Peter R. Orszag, Vice Chairman, Public Sector and Chairman, Financial Strategies and Solutions, Citibank


Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder and Chairperson, BRAC
Nasreen Fatema Awal, President, Women Entrepreneur Association of Bangladesh (WEAB), Director, Multimode Group
Jean Baderschneider, Chair, National Leadership Council, Polaris Project
Rick Ridgeway, Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Patagonia Works
Nina Smith, Executive Director, GoodWeave