About the 2016 Edition
Great learning experience during course on “CSR and International Labour Standards”
Turin, 21-25 November 2016 Edition
Over 30 participants from the private sector, employers’ organizations, civil society and workers’ organizations gathered at the Centre from 21 to 25 November 2016, to discuss corporate social responsibility and workers’ rights.
This highly interactive course sharpened participants’ knowledge and analytical skills on how to better align business operations with international labour standards, in particular the core labour standards. It also highlighted the role of good industrial relations in productive and competitive enterprises; explored ways to improve buyer-supplier relations and some of the key challenges in due diligence and monitoring.
Drawing on the experience of the “ILO helpdesk for Business on International Labour Standards”, the presentations, exercises and case studies provided opportunities for participants to discuss and receive peer feedback concerning challenges they face in their supply chains related to child labour, forced labour, discrimination, freedom of association and collective bargaining. A case study touched on hours of work, wages and safety and health. Participants also explored how to undertake due diligence on labour rights.
Participants had the opportunity to interact with representatives from organizations such as the Fair Wear Foundation, the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) and the Ethical Trading Initiative, who shared their approach and experience on partnership development as a crucial component as well as on buyer/supplier relations and specific challenges related to soft and hard issues and labour rights. Finally, the UN Global Compact shared insights on how business can support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The 2017 edition of this training will take place from 11-15 September 2017.
What previous participants said about the course
“During the course, I got to meet many different nationalities with an even more different approach to our common goal of improving working conditions in the factories around the globe. This was inspiring to experience across the private sector, NGO’s and Government officials. Especially tripartite discussions is something I need to explore more in my future work in factories globally. The ILO Help Desk was an eye-opener I never knew existed. Most of all I got verified, that we are on the right track in Skagerak Denmark. As many things in life: compliance, due diligence and CSR , are things where you often doubt you do the right thing. Doubt is not a bad thing, it keeps your senses alive. This course cemented that many roads lead to Rom, and that it is each and every one of our actions that makes a difference.” Mr Hans Lindekilde, Quality Manager, Skagerak Denmark
"The course brought to the forefront the reality that in order to implement correct due diligence practices in labour issues there be a good understanding of what is expected from business regarding their understanding of the International Labour Standards, the Labour Laws and their respect for their workers' rights." Ms Sonia Yvonne Davids, Jamaica Employers' Federation
"Due diligence and the importance thereof, specifically related to forced labour and child labour definitely left me motivated and encouraged me to ensure that this forms part of everything I do in my line of business. I would strongly recommend this course to those who not only want to broaden and further their knowledge in the CSR field and the opportunity to share worldwide experiences with fellow participants." Ms Erissa Martin, Chamber of Mines of South Africa