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Book launch for "Tethered Fates Companies, Communities, and Rights at Stake" by Shareen Hertel, Associate Professor of Political Science and Human Rights

Thursday, October 10, 2019
4:00pm – 5:30pm

Storrs Campus
Dodd Center Lounge

Please join the Human Rights Institute and the Business and Human Rights Initiative for a book launch reception for "Tethered Fates Companies, Communities, and Rights at Stake" by Shareen Hertel, Associate Professor of Political Science and Human Rights.

Thursday, October 10,2019, 4:00pm, Dodd Center Lounge, Storrs Campus

Since the 1990s, human rights advocates, business leaders, and consumers have become increasingly attuned to mitigating sweatshop labor and other abuses in global supply chains But we know surprisingly little about how companies interact with people in the communities beyond the factory’s walls. In many cases, community members are left out of the process of identifying both risks and solutions to pervasive problems.

Tethered Fates draws on quantitative data (including the 7,000-company database of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre) and original qualitative data to analyze regional and industry-specific trends in stakeholder dialogue globally and at the local level. The book features original interviews with community members in two factory towns in the Dominican Republic, whose perspectives shed light on the prospects for dialogue with companies and the challenges of everyday life in towns where light manufacturing takes place. Tethered Fates does more than simply explain why stakeholder dialogue often falls short as a vehicle for safeguarding economic rights and promoting community development. It also assesses emerging policy alternatives for moving beyond the current state of practice.

Shareen Hertel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Connecticut, jointly appointed with the Human Rights Institute at UConn. Her research focuses on changes in transnational human rights advocacy, with a focus on labor and economic rights issues. Hertel has served as a consultant to foundations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and United Nations agencies in the United States, Latin America and South Asia. She has conducted fieldwork in factory zones along the US-Mexico border, in Bangladesh’s garment manufacturing export sector, among NGO networks in India, and in the multilateral trade arena. Hertel is editor of The Journal of Human Rights, serves on the editorial boards of Human Rights Review as well as Human Rights and Human Welfare, and is co-editor of the International Studies Intensives book series of Routledge.

This event is co-sponsored by the Human Rights Institute and the Business and Human Rights Initiative

Contact:

Lyndsay.Nalbandian@uconn.edu

Human Rights Institute (primary), UConn Master Calendar

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