Responsible Business Conduct and Forced Labour: Understanding the elimination of forced labour and ILO  core conventions for effective human rights due diligence (NEW)


Understanding the elimination of forced labour and ILO core conventions for effective human rights due diligence

18 September–6 October 2023
The course is available in English
Introduction to the course

The eradication of forced labour is a fundamental human right, recognized by the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the UN Human Rights Declaration and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. While progress has been made worldwide, still over 28 million workers are in a situation of forced labour, of which 86% occurs in the private sector. This course looks into how companies, development finance institutions, state-owned enterprises and procurement agencies, can contribute to the eradication of forced labour in their own operations and business transactions through responsible business conduct and effective human rights due diligence (HRDD).

Who attends this course?

- Enterprises (privately owned or state-owned); - Individuals in management positions, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and responsible business conduct (RBC) teams, human resources, supply chain and procurement management, institutional and community relations, and sustainability departments. - Executives, decision-makers, and employees from multinational corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), as well as representatives from business associations and industry groups, are encouraged to attend. - Public Procurement agencies, line ministries with a specific mandate and interest in business and human rights (trade and commerce, procurement, justice and human rights); National human rights institutions; Tripartite appointed national focal points for the promotion of the MNE Declaration and National Contact Points for RBC; - Development finance institutions; Academia and UN agencies; - Employers' and workers' organizations.

What topics does this course cover?

This course provides participants with the essential building blocks related to forced labour and responsible business conduct, structured in five modules:

  • ILO core conventions, and resources related to forced labour: Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and the ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy;
  • Unpacking forced labour indicators;
  • Sectoral and regional perspectives on the elimination of forced labour;
  • Key aspects of HRDD and successful examples from across the globe;
  • Company initiatives, multi-stakeholders initiatives and partnerships for the elimination forced labour;
  • Grievance mechanisms, access to remedy and remediation for victims of forced labour.
Participants will learn
  • How to effectively contribute to responsible business conduct and enhance HRDD processes concerning forced labour.
  • To strengthen existing or newly implemented HRDD systems, identifying risks of forced labour, establishing partnerships for its elimination, and implementing grievance mechanisms and remediation measures.
  • Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of integrated approaches to eradicate forced labour, recognize the respective responsibilities of enterprises and governments in this endeavor, and explore the latest innovations in this field through insights from ILO experts, enterprises, and multi-stakeholder initiatives.
Why should I join?

The International Training Centre of the ILO (ITCILO) is part of the UN system and is the training arm of the International Labour Organization. The ITCILO is known for innovative learning methods and for being a marketplace for new ideas and innovations in the world of work.

  • An opportunity to connect and interact with colleagues from across the globe on topics of mutual concern;
  • Engage with policy makers on RBC and Business and Human Rights;
  • Learn from and with each other on best practices;
  • Participate with experts from international and regional organizations on tools and instruments to advance workers’ rights in business operations.
  • Successful candidates receive an ITCILO Certificate of participation.
Course structure and methodology

The course will be offered through the eCampus – the ITCILO learning platform – over a period of 3 weeks from 18 September to 6 October 2023, for an estimated total of 32 learning hours.

  • Online learning: Flexible self-guided online learning on the ITCILO eCampus.
  • ‘Real time’ learning and experience sharing: nine live interactive webinars with highly experienced trainers and resources persons.
  • Forum and experience sharing: Interactions among the participants and with the facilitators during the live sessions as well as on the course forum.

As part of your participation, you will develop a specific HRDD component related to forced labour (risk assessment, capacity building plan, intervention and remedial mechanisms, etc.) relevant to the product/service, sector and/or location of your choice.

At the end of the learning journey, participants receive a Certificate of Participation.

How to register

Please apply by 8 September 2023 via the following link: A9716383/en

Partial scholarships are available for qualifying candidates and will be allocated on a rolling basis. Therefore, we encourage interested candidates to apply as early as possible.

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