Sanchita Banerjee Saxena

University of California at Berkeley

Dr. Sanchita Banerjee Saxena holds a PhD in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles and has close to 20 years of experience working on issues related to labor rights in global supply chains, with a special focus on the garment industry in Asia. She is currently a Senior Advisor to Article One, a specialized strategy and management consultancy with expertise in human rights, responsible innovation, and sustainability. Dr. Saxena is also a professional faculty member at the Haas School of Business, the Energy and Resources Group, and the Legal Studies department at UC Berkeley where she teaches classes about business, labor and global supply chains. She is also currently a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) at UC Berkeley. Dr. Saxena is the editor of Labor, Global Supply Chains, and the Garment Industry in South Asia: Bangladesh after Rana Plaza (Routledge, 2020), author of Made in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka: The Labor Behind the Global Garments and Textiles Industries (Cambria Press, 2014), and author of a number of articles, reports, and research briefs. She has served as an advisor to a number of organizations including the Human Rights Measurement Initiative, Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic, Fundacao Getulio Vargas, and the H&M Foundation. She is currently a non-resident Research Fellow at the Institute of Human Rights and Business, serves on the BRAC USA Advisory Council, and is a member of the Research Network on Sustainable Global Supply Chains. In the past, she was a Visiting Scholar at the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights (2023-2024), a visiting Researcher at the Copenhagen Business School (2023), a practitioner resident at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center in Italy (2016), and a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C (2010 and 2014). Dr. Saxena frequently gives invited lectures and publishes commentaries in the popular media. Prior to these roles, she was the Executive Director of the Institute for South Asia Studies at UC Berkeley.

Sanchita Banerjee Saxena, Harpreet Kaur, and Salil Tripathi

How the Pandemic has Impacted the Various Layers of the Global Garment Supply Chain

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the world’s economy and supply chains worldwide, and the global garment industry is certainly no exception. During the time of a global crisis such as the pandemic, these already difficult conditions have been made even more precarious for the millions who depend o...

Sanchita Banerjee Saxena, Nancy Reyes Mullins, and Salil Tripathi

The Weakest Link in the Global Supply Chain – How the Pandemic is Affecting Bangladesh’s Garment Workers

The readymade garment industry employs millions of workers in Bangladesh and has contributed to the nation's development. The COVID19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the sector as malls and factories had to close and workers faced uncertain futures. This report evaluates global reta...

Sanchita Banerjee Saxena

Labor, Global Supply Chains, and the Garment Industry in South Asia: Bangladesh after Rana Plaza

This book argues that larger flaws in the global supply chain must first be addressed to change the way business is conducted to prevent factory owners from taking deadly risks to meet clients’ demands in the garment industry in Bangladesh. Using the 2013 Rana Plaza disaster as a departure poin...

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