Social Sustainability in Apparel Supply Chains: Organizational Practices for Managing Sub-Contracted Homework

  • Archana
  • Marsha A. DicksonEmail author


As the lowest level in the subcontracted supply chain, homeworkers are invisible and subject to exploitation. Existing codes of conduct and monitoring schemes favor the rights of the visible workforce employed in industrial settings in tier 1 factories. We conducted qualitative field research with the Self Employed Women’s Association’s (SEWA) embroidery center in New Delhi, India. Findings provide understanding of the sustainable management policies and practices that have been put in place to assure global buyers that homework can be carried out in ways consistent with standards for human rights, making it a protected component of sustainable supply chains.


Supply chain Homework Management Social responsibility Sustainability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Fashion and Apparel StudiesUniversity of DelawareNewarkUSA

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