Sarosh Kuruvilla is currently Professor of Industrial Relations, Asian Studies and Public Affairs at Cornell University. He joined Cornell’s faculty in 1990 after obtaining a doctorate in business administration from the University of Iowa in 1989, and after a career as a labor relations manager in the industry in India. He currently directs the New Conversations Project: Sustainable Labor Standards In Global Supply Chains.
More than likely, the garments you are wearing were manufactured by workers in the Asia-Pacific or Latin American regions — especially if you are wearing “fast fashion.” You might reasonably assume that the worker who sewed your shirt is paid fairly, can take a bathroom break when needed, and is not a child; in other words, a European or American style of labor relations. Yet labor laws vary from one country to the next. This course is designed to give you an overview of global labor relations regulations. You will analyze the model used in your own country and compare it with a country in which your firm does business. You will examine how trade agreements impact workers and explore the influence of regionalized initiatives such as the European Union and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Key Course Takeaways
- Analyze labor relations regulatory frameworks
- Explore the impact of trade agreements on labor conditions in countries from where your firm sources
- Investigate initiatives to raise global labor standards
How It Works
3-5 hours per week
100% online, instructor-led
Who Should Enroll
- Executives in global organizations
- Corporate Social Responsibility professionals
- Professionals at NGOs or social auditing firms/investment funds
- Team members from Sustainability Departments or Multi-stakeholder institutions