Legal accountability of MNCs with supply chains in the garment in industry of Bangladesh

Ninia Reza, Corporate Law, Deakin University
Keywords - business human rights , mandatory disclosure laws , modern slavery acts

The thesis points out the gap in regulation of multinational corporations when they operate in host countries and use supply chains. The thesis takes the Bangladeshi garment industry as a case study and identifies how workers are exploited and their human rights are abused. However, corporations can get away with murder due to the gap in regulation. The purpose of this thesis is to evaluate how corporations can be held legally accountable for human rights abuses in supply chains. Thus, it examines how international law obliges states and business to protect and respect human rights. Three jurisdictions are selected and their current laws on mandatory disclosures are evaluated and their shortcomings pointed out. It makes a comparative analysis of these laws juxtaposed to the recent mandatory human rights due diligence law in France. Finally, it establishes if directors can be held accountable for being negligent under the disclosure laws and what reforms are required overall.