Research Design

This unique, three year (2016-18) project combines a systematic, comparative analysis of developed country lead firm policies and practices with comprehensive, on-the-ground research among managers, workers, government and civil society organizations in Bangladesh. Our experienced, multidisciplinary research team will provide insights into the constraints and enabling factors influencing workplace labour and environmental practices and standards.

Following a change-oriented, multi-actor, multi-level approach, we draw primarily on:

  • contextual data designed to facilitate analysis of institutional change and its impact on factory practices in the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster,
  • interviews and surveys with lead firms, suppliers, and workers enabling a deeper explanation of organizational dynamics, and

  • case studies permitting stronger insights into lead firm practices aimed at improving suppliers’ labour and environmental standards.