Sustainability in Global Value Chains: Improving Wages & Working Conditions

About the event

Working conditions and labor issues remain among the most pressing issues affecting U.S. and European trade policies. The renewed and potentially ineffective government efforts to block imports that might be produced with forced labor highlight the need to better address working conditions in developing countries. Labor provisions in trade agreements, the innovative and lauded Better Work program, and private sector initiatives have been linked to improvements in working conditions. The webinar will focus on these and other solutions that address the root of the problem in a discussion of leading experts reflecting perspectives from industry, academia, and NGOs.


Ms. Desirée LeClercq
Assistant Professor, International and Comparative Labor Law, Cornell ILR School
Associate Member of the Law Faculty, Cornell Law School

Ms. Klara Helmbold
Global Program Manager – Social Sustainability, H & M Hennes & Mauritz

Ms. Arianna Rossi
Senior Research and Policy Specialist, Better Work Global

Mr. Raymond Robertson
Director of the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy, Professor, and Helen and Roy Ryu Chair in Economics and Government
The Bush School of Government and Public Service · Texas A&M University

Mr. Kevin Cassidy
Director, ILO Office for the United States