In part one of our conversation with Dr. Divya Jyoti, a lecturer at De Montfort University in Leicester, Divya tells us more about her inspiring journey and why she began to question the industry’s approach to social compliance and sustainability.
She tells us how she came to the realization that she didn’t actually know how workers actually experience the codes of conduct put in place by buyers for their suppliers, and intended to make garment factories nicer places to work. To her surprise, the academic literature didn’t seem to have an answer to this question either, and ultimately became the subject of her Phd. Her thesis was selected for Society of Business Ethics Best Dissertation Award in 2021. So why does the academic literature fail to consider something as basic as worker experiences of codes of conduct? And how did she endeavor to avoid this pitfall in her own work?
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