Comparative Analysis of US and International Apparel Labor Regulations: An Exploratory Study

dc.contributor.author Clark, Elena
dc.contributor.author Bhaduri, Gargi
dc.date 2018-10-19T04:06:48.000
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-30T05:39:36Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-30T05:39:36Z
dc.date.issued 2017-01-01
dc.description.abstract <p>Today's consumers prefer products from socially responsible brands (Nielson 2014) and are concerned about where and how their products are made. However, given that 97.3% of apparel consumed in the US is imported (AAFA, 2016), mostly from developing countries, it is difficult for US consumers to understand the social impact of their purchase choices, given that each supplier country has its own labor regulations.Today's consumers prefer products from socially responsible brands (Nielson 2014) and are concerned about where and how their products are made. However, given that 97.3% of apparel consumed in the US is imported (AAFA, 2016), mostly from developing countries, it is difficult for US consumers to understand the social impact of their purchase choices, given that each supplier country has its own labor regulations.Data analysis revealed similarities as well as differences in labor standards across the countries, particularly related to the following categories: minimum working age, wage and overtime pay, unionization rights, working environments, and worker benefits including maternity considerations. Results indicated that US compared to its supplier countries, offered shorter work week, better rights to unionize, and, stricter work environment regulations. However, foreign supplier countries often provided workers with better benefits such as universal health-care (China and Mexico), comparative wages (China), increased overtime pay (Vietnam and Mexico), as well as increased benefits for female workers (China, Mexico and Vietnam). Implications and contributions are also proposed.</p>
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dc.relation.ispartofseries International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Annual Conference Proceedings
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dc.subject.disciplines Fashion Business
dc.subject.disciplines Fashion Design
dc.subject.disciplines Fiber, Textile, and Weaving Arts
dc.title Comparative Analysis of US and International Apparel Labor Regulations: An Exploratory Study
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