International Labour Standards and Responsible Business Conduct

International Labour Standards and Corporate Social Responsibility: The labour dimension of human-rights due diligence
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International Labour Standards and Responsible Business Conduct


4–8 November 2024
The course is available in English
Introduction to the course

The ILO's International Labour Standards are a critical component of responsible business conduct (RBC) and human rights due diligence (HRDD). To respect workers' rights in their operations and supply chains, it is essential that companies have a solid understanding of these rights. This course provides participants with the expertise, tools and knowledge required for effective labour rights related HRDD.

Who attends this course?
  • RBC and sustainability professionals in the public and private sector
  • Government officials, particularly those working in the field of public procurement, human rights, trade and commerce
  • Employers' organizations and trade unions
  • This course is also particularly relevant for organizations and individuals supporting and assisting small and medium sized enterprises in navigating emerging RCB and ESG frameworks
What topics does this course cover?

This course is designed for professionals who want to link three key topics in their work:

  • International Labour Standards
  • Corporate social responsibility and responsible business conduct
  • Human rights due diligence as described by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
Building back better through international labour standards and corporate social responsibility
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More than 90 participants from 40 countries learned from global experts during a four-week online training course on international labour standards and corporate social responsibility.

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What will I learn?

Participants deepen their knowledge of the key topics with the guidance of international development experts.

  • Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, including the fundamental right to a safe and healthy working environment
  • Conditions of work, including working hours and wages
  • A comparative overview of leading international frameworks such as the ILO MNE Declaration, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and the UN Global Compact
  • Best practices in human rights due diligence by companies from different geographical, sectoral, and operational contexts
What will I be able to do?

Participants advise and lead businesses and institutions toward integrated labour rightsrelated due diligence frameworks.

  • Analyse international corporate social responsibility instruments and frameworks through the lens of the International Labour Standards
  • Optimize your organizational or company level HRDD processes to promote and respect workers rights in your own operations and supply chains
  • Access ILO database, tools and resources
Why should I join?

ITCILO is part of the UN system and is the training arm of the International Labour Organization (ILO). As part of the ILO, it is dedicated to achieving social justice through

decent work.

  • ITCILO is known for its innovative learning experiences and unconventional methodologies.
  • An opportunity to discuss labour rights related topics with ILO officials and an international cohort.
  • Engage with experts from international and regional organizations on tools and instruments to advance workers rights in business operations.
  • Participants are encouraged to discuss their experiences and identify ways to apply the course topics to their work.
Who to apply?

Please register before 08 October 2024 as possible via the following link:

Partial scholarships are available for qualifying candidates.


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