Labour standards through corporate social responsibility
A course on “Implementing labour standards through corporate social responsibility: tools and strategies” is taking place at the International Training Centre of the ILO from 30 August to 3 September 2010.
The ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization, adopted by the tripartite constituents on June 2008, stated that globalization can bring substantial benefits but also poses challenges to achieving improved and fair outcomes for all.
Although globalization has helped several countries to achieve high rates of economic growth and employment, it has also caused a growth in unprotected work and the informal economy, both of which affect the employment relationship and the protection it offers.
Action by enterprises can help meet the growing challenges of globalization, particularly in countries and situations where institutions and the rule of law are relatively weak. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives based on the ILO’s Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy and international labour standards (ILS) devised, adopted and supervised by the ILO can contribute to economic and social development by promoting respect for rights at work and complementing government regulation of the workplace.
ILS are an essential component of the international framework for ensuring that globalization provides benefits to all. They serve as guidance and benchmarks for enterprises seeking to demonstrate corporate social responsibility.
The workshop will look at the role of CSR in today's world of work and at the potential of private voluntary initiatives to contribute to the respecting of labour rights and the achievement of the ILO’s decent work agenda.