This report summarises the Social Policy Research programme that fell into two major projects, 'Social Responsibility in the Private Sector' and 'Wellbeing, Capabilities and Rights'. The first project analysed the growth and significance of voluntary codes of conduct on social issues which have been increasingly adopted by international companies over the past decade. It analysed the limitations of these codes in terms of their content, coverage and implementation (monitoring and verification). It contrasted codes emanating from different sources (companies, business associations, multistakeholder alliances, trade unions). It also compared the typical content of codes with the demands articulated by workers (often female workers) who are the declared beneficiaries of codes. The latter project consisted of three sub-projects, focused on 1) 'Work to Wellbeing', 2) 'Wellbeing, Rights and Reproduction' and 3) 'Disability' respectively, each with its own research team. Each of the sub-projects adopted its own methodology and pursued its own objectives, but efforts were made within the context of the Wellbeing, Capability and Rights project to ensure a degree of communication between the research teams and to identify potential inter-relationships and linkages, both theoretical and practical. This report outlines the background, objectives, methods, findings and dissemination of outputs.
DFID, London, UK, 27 pp.