Examines the political and economic dimensions of the campaign to improve the rights of workers around the world by the inclusion of labor standards in international trade agreements. The US-Cambodia Textile Trade Agreement was the first agreement of its kind, a better access to the U.S. markets linked to improved working conditions in the exporting country. Some argue that labor standards are becoming a new form of protectionism. Others see it as necessary to maintain open markets and fair trade … Read more »

Examines the political and economic dimensions of the campaign to improve the rights of workers around the world by the inclusion of labor standards in international trade agreements. The US-Cambodia Textile Trade Agreement was the first agreement of its kind, a better access to the U.S. markets linked to improved working conditions in the exporting country. Some argue that labor standards are becoming a new form of protectionism. Others see it as necessary to maintain open markets and fair trade. How this debate is resolved undoubtedly large implications for investors in developing countries and ultimately to the economic development of poorer countries.
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Regina Abrami
Source: Harvard Business School
32 pages.
Release Date: 31, March 2003. Prod #: 703 034 PDF-ENG
Worker Rights and Global Trade: The US-Cambodia Bilateral Textile Trade Agreement HBR case solution