AIAS Lunch Seminar 5 november Klara Boonstra - FNV& VU University

‘Socially Sustainable Globalization’

Professor Dr. Klara Boonstra

Day: Thursday 5 November 2015
Time: 12.15 – 13.15 hrs.
Location: AIAS, 4th floor Gijsbert van Tienhoven building, room 4.09, Roeterstraat 31, 1018 WB
Registration: Please send an email, preferably before Wednesday 4 November, 12.00 hrs. to register.
A sandwich will then be provided.


The production process of multinational companies (mnc) determines that their activities that involve workers are covered by the labour law of all the different jurisdictions in which they operate. In other words, there is usually not one ‘labour law system’ applicable to the whole chain of production. This is in itself not problematic. However, over the last decade this practice has met with criticism as it became clear that there were mnc’s that chose countries of production that are very cheap because of a very low standard of labour law or lack of enforcement in practice. Although mnc’s may be right when they state that they can not be held responsible for the (lack of effective) legislation of sovereign countries, they can not easily refute the argument that it is wrong to benefit from the abuse of workers. Mnc’s have started to draw up documents like CSR codes or join initiatives like the UN Global Compact, in order to at least show their good intentions in this field. In this seminar we will review these instruments and aim to conclude whether of not they are beneficial to the workers at the lower end of the production chain.


Klara Boonstra
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Faculteit der Rechtsgeleerdheid
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam

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