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Sustainable Digital Ecosystems Inthe Textile Industry: Completed Research Paper
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Media and Design. (KAMAIL)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6636-055X
University of Gothenburg (SWE).
Reykjavik University (ISL).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4563-0001
University of Texas at Austin (USA).
2023 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Social audit approaches to sustainable development in the textile industry predominate in worldwidepractice. However, research indicates that there are persistent structural non-compliance cases,demonstrating repetitive and harmful patterns and that creating codes of conduct as part of sustainabilitypractices can only marginally improve worker rights on an overall level across industries. Due to theseconstraints associated with social audits, there's been a rising discourse about moving beyond these audits.In this paper we examine alternative approaches to social auditing to gain understanding, knowledge,collaboration, and empowerment within the value chain of brands, suppliers, and their employees. Wetarget this emerging issue as a challenge for sustainable development of the textile industry. With aqualitative case study of a textile industry value chain as a base, and with the frames of the global sustainabledevelopment discourse, and ecosystem thinking, we suggest an alternative digital practice to social auditingin the textile industry, that gives workers a voice to speak with, that empowers the suppliers to take owncontrol and responsibility over social conditions of their employees and that balances the present powertakeover of brands. Merging the sustainable development discourse with digital ecosystems thinking whenconceptualizing, theorizing or designing information systems (IS), we argue, is a way forward for IS to meetgrand societal challenges. 

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2023. p. 1-12
Keywords [en]
Sustainable development, Digital ecosystem, Textile industry value chain, Social audit, Workers
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Business Administration Information Systems, Social aspects
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Work Integrated Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-21250OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-21250DiVA, id: diva2:1837524
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The 15th Annual Workshop of the AIS Special Interest Group for ICT and Global Development (SIG – GlobDev. Hyderabad, India
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