Regulatory compliance and human supply chains: seafarer’s rights to workers' compensation

Desai Shan, Pengfei Zhang

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    This research examines employers’ choices for regulatory compliance in the context of global human resource supply chains, driven by the demand for low labour costs. It further explores the impact of these choices on the implementation and enforcement of international and national labour standards. Drawing upon a qualitative socio-legal study on Chinese seafarers’ rights to compensation following workplace accidents, this research investigates whether multinational shipping companies comply with their obligations as stipulated by the law of the labour supply state (China). Through 75 semi-structured interviews and analysis of crew management policies from seven shipping companies, it was found that most of the employers’ internal voluntary compliance programmes fail to respect seafarers’ legal entitlements. On this basis, the paper proposes a new supply chain liability system and a commitment-oriented compliance approach to improving labour standards in the industry, utilising human resource supply chain management.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalEconomic and Labour Relations Review
    Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

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