Saturday, May 24, 2014
Richard M. Locke, director of the Watson Institute for International Studies, will lead a 2014 Commencement Forum titled "From Apple to Nike: Making Globalization Work for All." Author of The Promise and Limits of Private Power: Promoting Labor Standards in a Global Economy, Locke will talk about the working conditions of employees in factories for some of the largest global supply chains. His work is based on over 700 interviews and five years of research that included audit reports from factories working for Nike, Hewlett Packard, Coca Cola, and many others. Locke's lecture will examine the potential and the limits of different approaches to improving working conditions, wages, and working hours for the millions of people employed in today's aforementioned global supply chains. Locke also chairs the Apple Academic Advisory Board, a group of independent academics who are working with Apple to improve labor conditions among the company's suppliers.