Elke Schüßler, Stephen Frenkel, C.W. Wright,
"Changes in the governance of labor standards in Australian and German garment supply chains: The impact of Rana Plaza"
, in Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 72, Nummer 3, Seite(n) 552?579, 2019
Changes in the governance of labor standards in Australian and German garment supply chains: The impact of Rana Plaza
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This paper analyzes the impact of a focusing event, the 2013 Rana Plaza building collapse, on garment lead firms? labor standards policies in the light of new governance approaches, particularly the path-breaking Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (?Accord?). Based on a sample of 20 Australian and German garment firms, we find that firms with low prior baseline standards revised their supply chain and sourcing policies and signed the Accord. Firms with medium and high baseline standards responded variously, from making no changes to revising their policies and signing the Accord. Differences in firm responses are explained by variations in stakeholder pressure occurring in different national industrial and institutional contexts following the Rana Plaza focusing event. These results suggest the wider applicability of the focusing event framework for industrial relations scholarship and highlight some of the mechanisms driving changes in industrial relations institutions.