This episode is all about how to define and measure wellbeing. It’s the first of a four part series on wellbeing.
My co-host for this episode is Manufactured Co-founder Jessie Li. We’re joined by Dr. Divya Jyoti and Dr. Achyuta Adhvaryu. Divya is a lecturer at Lancaster University. Her research focus has been on how workers experience the codes of conduct put in place by brands for their suppliers. Ach is Assistant Professor, Business Economics and Public Policy at Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and a co-Founder and research director at Good Business Lab.
I thought it would be fun to bring Divya and Ach together because they’re both academics who work closely with garment factories in India on research related to worked wellbeing, and yet how an economist looks at well-being is not the same as an ethnographer. Thankfully, they too were up for a good debate. Ach kicks things off by sharing a bit about Good Business Lab: there are so many entities looking at worker wellbeing. Why did we need another one? How could it help suppliers take ownership of the sustainability agenda? Divya and Ach then debate: how should worker wellbeing be defined and measured?
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This episode is thanks to a collaboration with the Asia Garment Hub. The Asia Garment Hub is a one-stop shop for industry data, news, resources and tools. It connects people and organizations from across the sector with a single vision –to make it fairer, more sustainable, and more competitive. Becoming a member is free.
The Asia Garment Hub is a joint initiative of GIZ FABRIC and the ILO’s Decent Work in Garment Supply Chains in Asia project. The ILO’s Decent Work in Garment Supply Chains Asia is funded by the government of Sweden. It aims to support decent work and sustainability in the garment sector by enhancing regional knowledge and policy coherence, together with industry level support to improve environmental sustainability, gender equality and business competitiveness. The FABRIC project is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and supports the Asian textile industry in its transformation towards fair production for people and the environment.
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