[Lesson 3] Global Governance and the Corporation


Globalization has created a new world order; one where traditional notions of state-led governance have been replaced with corporate mandates. There is a grave need for international corporate governance.

In an attempt to curb the corporations’ seemingly unyielding power, the United Nations created the Global Compact (UNGP). The UNGP promotes international corporate governance, but is it working? Is it enough?

This lesson will introduce the corporation, and global governance within the context of human rights violations, with respect to notions of democracy, sovereignty, security, and ethics.


– To educate learners on the issues surrounding global governance and the corporation
– To contextualize the realities for garment workers, as a result of pressures from the bottom-line
– To facilitate an understanding of the limitations of the Global Compact.

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Mary has a PhD in Sociology from University of Edinburgh, researching responsible fashion and transnational labour rights activism in the wake of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh.

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