This series aims to assist policymakers, labour advocates, civil society actors and anyone else interested in designing the new forms of governance needed to improve protection of human rights and the environment in transnational supply chains. With garments as a test case, we hope to help ‘catalyse’ new, multi-disciplinary strategies to make 21st century supply chains fairer and more sustainable.

Using Trade Data to Strengthen the Design of Supply Chain Governance
Working Paper 3
Observations, Challenges and Recommendations for Human Rights Governance Designers
Working Paper 2
Large Brands, Supply Chain Labour Market Share, and Lessons for Governance Design.
Working Paper 1


Higher Ground? Fashion’s Climate Breakdown 

Heat, humidity and flooding – driven by climate change – pose enormous risks in the coming years to garment workers, companies and whole national economies.  This paper, led by our colleagues at Cornell ILR’s Global Labor Institute, quantifies the risks and explores possible responses. Katalyst was pleased to contribute analysis and observations to the effort.  Read more…


Where would EU living wage legislation have impact for workers? 

Our ‘Viewpoint‘ contribution to the Good Clothes Fair Pay legislative proposal campaign has been published.  Building on our Trade Realities research, we  explore which countries will benefit the most from the proposal and how, combined with good data, it can help create the long-sought-after ‘level playing field’ for living wages.

Human Rights Due Diligence:  Making it Mandatory – and Effective

KI’s Martin Curley on the EUIdeas Blog at the European University Institute argues that creating a central role for labour and civil society in deciding what ‘good’ due diligence looks like is critical as efforts to make human rights due diligence mandatory gather speed.  

Is human rights risk monitoring a weak link in your supply chain?

KI’s Martin Curley writes in Board Agenda on weaknesses in common human rights risk monitoring efforts and what boards need to consider going forwards.  

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