Strategic 'Coenforcement' in Supply Chains: The Case of the Cleaning Accountability Framework

LexisNexis Australia
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Journal Article
Australian Journal of Labour Law, 2019, 31 (3), pp. 305 - 334
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This article examines the development of the Cleaning Accountability Framework (CAF) in Australia. The CAF is a multi-stakeholder initiative comprising of representatives from along the cleaning supply chain. A growing body of evidence suggests there is a need for a consistent industry-wide approach to employment standards in the cleaning industry. Given the extent of noncompliance in the industry and price/cost pressures along the supply chain, it would appear that some form of co-enforced supply chain regulation might be warranted. This article assesses the extent to which the CAF is a multi-stakeholder version of such regulation. The article draws on enforcement theories with a focus on ‘co-enforcement’ to assess the CAF and highlights the implications of the CAF case study for that approach. The article uses this analysis to identify the preconditions for co-enforcement within supply chains in an unsupportive or complex political environment.
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