The Harvard T.H. Chan SHINE program, a well-being initiative that unites academic research with business innovation to advance progress for all, was invited to participate in the prestigious Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Sixth World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge, and Policy this November in Incheon, Korea.

The OECD World Forums bring together policy makers, academics, statisticians, and civil society representatives and provide a vital space to exchange knowledge and experience on the role of evidence-based policy in shaping a better world for all.  Themed “The Future of Well-being,” this Forum explored new ideas and approaches for measuring well-being and putting it at the heart of government decision-making, specifically looking at issues that will impact people’s well-being in the next 10 to 20 years.

Dorota Weziak-Bialowolska, research associate at SHINE, presented the paper entitled “A New Approach to the Well-being of Factory Workers in Global Supply Chains: Evidence from Apparel Factories in Mexico, Sri Lanka, China and Cambodia.” The research presented was based on SHINE’s extensive work with Levi Strauss & Co. and the brand’s global vendors (supplier factories) which collected data from approximately 9500 workers on factory working conditions, worker well-being, and business outcomes, to demonstrate the mutual dependency between worker needs and business needs.  SHINE was honored to participate in this inspiring world forum alongside influential world leaders, Nobel Prize winners, and innovators, and change-makers from government, academia, business, and civil society.

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