20 June 2016 - 24 June 2016
Deadline: 28 September 2016
The 2016 Sustainable Enterprise Academy will focus on policies, approaches and tools to promote decent work in sustainable supply chains. It provides a unique opportunity to discuss the opportunities and challenges that increasingly complex and internationalized supply chains bring to governments, enterprises and workers.
The Academy will draw on the experiences of leading international experts on decent work, labour standards, enterprise development and sustainable supply chain development. Participants will learn about different approaches and mechanisms to improve working conditions within supply chains and how these approaches complement each other in practice. Specific attention will be paid to ways to effectively and sustainably include SMEs in supply chains
Decent work in sustainable supply chains
Supply chains are networks of organizations that cooperate to transform raw material into finished goods and services for consumers. With globalization, supply chains have become increasingly international, complex, fragmented and dynamic. Trade liberalization, decreased restrictions on capital movement and technology advances allow for supply chains to involve enterprises and workers in many different parts of the world. The implications of this evolution for workers and businesses, large and small, cannot be underestimated.
In many countries, particularly in the South, the global and regional supply chains have created employment and opportunities for economic and social development. New flows of production and consumption bring possibilities for innovation, diversification and human resource development. For micro, small and medium enterprises in developing countries, the prospects of participating in these supply chains open new horizons for growth.
The increasing complexity of supply chains, however, also poses serious challenges to businesses and workers. Global competitive pressures on enterprises to deliver the right products and services at the right moment for a competitive price become ever stronger. Especially in the lower tiers of supply chains, where many MSMEs are situated, suppliers may cope with these pressures through the use of forms of employment which many not comply with labour regulations. Labour administrations, overstretched in many developing countries, are not up to the challenge to enforce workplace compliance. New ways to promote decent work in sustainable supply chains are developing and rapidly gaining importance.
A wealth of approaches, initiatives and tools has evolved with the aim to improve working conditions within supply chains. Some of these approaches involve the public sector, private firms, trade unions, civil society, intergovernmental organizations or partnerships between these actors. Some mechanisms complement the primary responsibility of the state to enforce labour laws, whilst others create overlap, increasing costs for businesses without necessarily improving working conditions.
The 2016 Academy
The Sustainable Enterprise Academy is an annual learning and networking event which brings together governments, workers, employers, universities and civil society organizations from all around the world to discuss topics related to enterprise development and decent work. The 2016 Academy will focus on policies, approaches and tools to promote decent work in sustainable supply chains.
The 5-day Academy will draw on the experiences of leading international experts on decent work, labour standards, enterprise development and sustainable supply chain development. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss decent work challenges and analyse different approaches to promote competitiveness, reliability and compliance with labour standards and human rights in supply chains.
The Academy is especially designed for:
- ILO’s tripartite constituents (government officials, representatives of employers and workers’ organizations)
- Policy makers and professionals dealing with the labour aspects of enterprise development, trade and investment
- Private sector representatives interested in the labour aspects of supply chain sustainability
- ILO staff (field offices, projects and headquarters) whose work is related to enterprise development and/or workplace compliance Universities and civil society organizations
- Cutting-edge topics presented and discussed in a series of master classes facilitated by ILO, other UN Agencies and leading international experts;
- A range of elective workshops offering additional insight into specific subjects, approaches and tools;
- Structured knowledge-sharing opportunities, making use of interactive learning methodologies.
- Supply chains and the decent work agenda
- Labour rights in supply chains
- The inclusion of SMEs in supply chains
- The Tripartite Declaration of Principles Concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy
- Good practices in promoting decent work in supply chains: Panel discussion
- Challenges and opportunities that global supply chains pose to labour inspection
- The ILO Better Work Programme
- Promotiong decent work in supply chains: closing the governance gaps
- Promoting decent work in supply chains: Private governance
- Value chain development for decent work: How to create employment and improve working conditions in targeted sectors
- Improving productivity and working conditions in SMEs through supply chain interventions: tools and experiences
- Data on employment creation in supply chains
- Gender equality and gender violence in supply chains
- Responsible supply chain finance
- Greening enterprises and value chains
- OSH in supply chains
- Case studies from Asia
The Academy will be offered in English.
Info and costs
Info and costs
Participation costs are € 2,150 including tuition, insurance, full board and lodging on the ITC Campus in Turin (from Sunday 19 June to Saturday 25 June). Travel costs are not included.
How to apply?
For online application, please go to: http://intranetp.itcilo.org/STF/A909075/en
For more information, contact us directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for registration: 23 May 2016
Join the 2016 Sustainable Enterprise Academy!
Join the 2016 Sustainable Enterprise Academy!
Ensuring a combination of competitiveness, reliability, and compliance with labour standards and human rights in supply chains can be challenging. The 2016 Sustainable Enterprise Academy will look at multiple ways to deal with these difficulties and engage public and private partners in mutually reinforcing approaches.
The Academy will focus on policies, approaches and tools to promote decent work in sustainable supply chains. It provides a unique opportunity to discuss the opportunities and challenges that increasingly complex and internationalized supply chains bring to governments, enterprises and workers.
The Academy will draw on the experiences of leading international experts on decent work, labour standards, enterprise development and sustainable supply chain development. Participants will learn about different approaches and mechanisms to improve working conditions within supply chains and how these approaches complement each other in practice.
During the 5-days programme, specific attention will be paid to ways to effectively and sustainably include SMEs in supply chains. Initiatives from different countries and sectors to create employment and improve working conditions in SMEs will be shared and analyzed.
The 2015 Sustainable Enterprise Academy, Lusaka, Zambia
In September 2015 more than 140 practitioners, policy-makers, entrepreneurs, business experts and enterprise development practitioners from 15 different countries gathered in Lusaka to discuss trends and innovations in sustainable business promotion and decent work.
The Academy, jointly organised by the ILO, the ITC-ILO and Zambia’s tripartite constituents, was inaugurated by Hon. Fackson Shamenda, Minister of Labour and Social Security. Three issues high on the agenda were global supply chains, leapfrogging technology to boost access to finance, and market development for inclusive green growth and job creation.
The 8th Edition of the Academy explored good practices, policies and tools on these topics and created a platform for knowledge and experience sharing on ways to promote sustainable enterprise practices in different sizes and types of firms. The meeting was also an important opportunity for the social partners to analyse progress and challenges in implementing the Conclusions concerning the promotion of sustainable enterprises, adopted by the International Labour Conference in 2007.