Profile picture
Alice Evans @_alice_evans
, 7 tweets, 4 min read Read on Twitter
I'm very troubled by our obsession with "interventions".

Eg in my field (workers' rights in global supply chains), there is much more attention to the Bangladesh Accord (a Western multi-stakeholder initiative), than organised labour in Bangladesh, or MNCs' corporate impunity.
If u search for research & policy responses to Rana Plaza (killed >1000 garment workers), u'll get blinkered & trapped by tunnel vision preoccupation with our intervention.

Neglecting how we might get our own houses in order, & labour organising/ regulatory capture in Bangladesh
This breeds group-think:

We get boxed into the narrative that we reduce labour repression by interventions "over there"

Even when we consistently find they don't work,
We infer we just need to tinker with the template,

Rather than pursue a radically different response.
If we learn from 🌎political economy, we see:

US buyers continued to source from Bangladesh, & few signed the Accord/ Alliance - John Ahlquist & @thwillow…

Buyers squeezed prices - Anner…

-> incentivising contind labour repression
Sanchita Banerjee Saxena & @shakyanepal are spot on:

Fixating on interventions in poor places distracts us from the driver of labour repression in low-end supply chains

Buyers scouring the world for low prices, with total impunity for human rights abuses…
MNCs don't just outsource production; they outsource morality

"It means they do not directly become responsible for any failure, injustice, or corruption that occurs due to their involvement in a global supply chain"

- Rashedur Chowdhury…
So why does neoliberal deregulation persist?
How do MNCs get away with it?

Chowdhury points the finger at elite NGOs, legitimising the Accord…

(echoes @GLeBaron & @AndreasRuhmkorf's analysis of how UK NGOs legitimised a weak Modern Slavery Act)
Missing some Tweet in this thread?
You can try to force a refresh.

Like this thread? Get email updates or save it to PDF!

Subscribe to Alice Evans
Profile picture

Get real-time email alerts when new unrolls are available from this author!

This content may be removed anytime!

Twitter may remove this content at anytime, convert it as a PDF, save and print for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video

1) Follow Thread Reader App on Twitter so you can easily mention us!

2) Go to a Twitter thread (series of Tweets by the same owner) and mention us with a keyword "unroll" @threadreaderapp unroll

You can practice here first or read more on our help page!

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just three indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member and get exclusive features!

Premium member ($3.00/month or $30.00/year)

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!