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Course on “CSR and International Labour Standards” proved to be a great learning experience

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, as well as exploring ways to improve buyer-supplier relations and examining 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 relating to child labour, forced labour, discrimination, freedom of association and collective bargaining. One case study touched on hours of work, wages, and health and safety. 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 experience of partnership development, buyer/supplier relations and some of the challenges raised by soft and hard issues and labour rights.  Finally, the UN Global Compact[1] shared insights on how business can support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The 2017 edition of this training course will take place from 11-15 September 2017.

 

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[1] A voluntary initiative based on CEO commitments to implement universal sustainability principles and take steps to support UN goals. https://www.unglobalcompact.org/about

 

 

 

 

 

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