Companies are under increasing pressure, stemming from stakeholder expectations, reporting requirements, conditions for tendering, new legislation etc., to conduct due diligence on human rights issues in their own operations and with business partners in their supply chains. Labour rights have become a critical component and basic pillar of any due diligence process. However, proper due diligence on labour issues starts with a good understanding of what is expected of companies concerning respect for workers' rights. This course aims to strengthen the capacity of participants to understand the principles of the ILO International labour Standards (ILS) as they relate to company operations and due diligence related to labour rights and how these principles can be most effectively implemented in company operations along their supply chains. Drawing on the experience of the ILO Helpdesk for Business, sessions will provide participants with opportunities to discuss and debate some of the complex issues companies face when putting principles into practice, e.g. what to do when national law is not consistent with ILS; how to balance competing rights; what to do when the government is not fulfilling its duty to protect.
Companies are under increased pressure, stemming from stakeholder expectations, reporting requirements, conditions for tendering, and new legislation etc., to conduct due diligence on human rights issues in their own operations and with business partners in their supply chains. Labour related human rights—child labour, forced labour, freedom of association and collective bargaining, non-discrimination, conditions of work and social protection—are relevant to all company operations.
Although much has been written in general about due diligence, labour issues pose particular challenges for companies. Proper due diligence on labour issues starts with a good understanding of what is expected of companies concerning respect for workers’ rights. The principles contained in international labour standards (ILS) are the essential reference point for companies in addressing labour issues in corporate social responsibility and sustainability (CSR) initiatives. Yet, ILS are addressed to governments and the implications for companies, from a conceptual and practical point of view, are not always clear. This can lead to confusion, lack of coherence and misunderstandings when companies are confronted with specific situations. Building on this understanding, the course will examine good practice regarding due diligence pertaining to workers’ rights. Sessions will feature specialists working in companies and multi-stakeholder initiatives located in various regions of the world.
ILO is the specialized agency of the United Nations mandated to adopt and monitor the implementation of International Labour Standards. Since its inception in 1919, ILO has accumulated a wide range of expertise concerning the application of ILS principles to company and government operations, and regularly analyses international trends and collects company case studies.
The course overall objective is to strengthen the capacity of participants to understand the principles of ILS as they relate to company operations and the implications for CSR and sustainability policies and practices geared towards decent work and sustainable development.
At the end of the course, participants will
- be familiar with ILO’s core labour standards (child labour, forced labour, non-discrimination, and freedom of association and collective bargaining), their function and formulation as well as implementation and other relevant ILO tools relevant from a CSR and sustainability perspective;
- be able to analyse international instruments and frameworks on CSR referencing International Labour Standards;
- understand the different roles of governments, the private sector, and employers’ and workers’ organizations could play in the development and implementation of CSR and sustainability policies and practices; be updated on company practices, selected from a variety of geographical, sectoral and operational contexts;
- be able to describe the entire due diligence cycle with specific emphasis on labour rights related issues;
- be able to better advise and serve their institutions, organizations or enterprises in the area of ILS and Decent Work and in their daily operations.
The course is organized around three modules:
ILO tools and instruments relevant for Corporate Social Responsibility and due diligence concerning labour rights. This building block presents insights on the link between ILO normative instruments—including ILS, the ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration) and the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work—and due diligence as set out in the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP).
The Due Diligence Framework module provides a step-by-step approach on how to perform labour rights related due diligence. This module also includes experience and knowledge sharing of both large and smaller companies in establishing a due diligence system for ensuring respect for workers’ rights in their own operations and in promoting respect among their business partners
Issues companies encounter and guidance found in the ILS. The third module sets out a framework for understanding the key principles for each of the topics related to international labour standards and the implications for company operations labour rights related due diligence. Topics that will be discussed include: freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining; industrial relations, child labour, forced labour, equality of opportunity and treatment (including gender); conditions of work (wages, hours of work, occupational safety and health);
Format and Methodology
Format and Methodology
The course will take a highly participatory approach which requires full involvement by all participants and ensures exchange of information and experiences. Besides ILO specialists, expert guest speakers will be drawn from various organizations and UN agencies such as UN Global Compact, BSCI, Ethical Trading Initiative and the Fair Wear Foundation amongst others.
The course will be conducted in English. Hence a good knowledge of the working language is required.
How to apply
How to apply
The deadline for submission of candidatures is 14 September 2017. Candidates must submit through the website the following documents:
- on-line application form duly filled in, available at: http://intranetp.itcilo.org/STF/A9011168/en;
- a letter from the sponsor indicating financial support (or letter from the applicant stating that participation cost is covered by himself/herself), to be uploaded when filling in the on-line application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
As an Organization dedicated to promoting social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights, the ILO is taking a leading role in international efforts to foster gender equality. In line with this ILO focus, women are particularly encouraged to apply to ITCILO courses.
The total cost of participation is 2,215 Euro. This includes tuition fees (1,600 Euro) and subsistence costs (615 Euro).
• The tuition fees cover: course preparation, implementation and evaluation; training materials; the use of training facilities and support services.
• Subsistence costs cover: full board and lodging on the Centre’s Campus, emergency medical insurance and some recreational activities in Turin.
The figures quoted do not include the cost of travel between the participant’s home country and the course venue. Participants must ensure that they have a valid passport and appropriate visa for Italy, and for any country in which a transit or stopover to or from the course venue is required.
The cost of the visa, airport taxes, internal travel in the participant’s home country and stopovers is not covered. At the end of the course, participants will be issued a “Certificate of Participation” by the International Training Centre of the ILO. For information regarding payment, cancellation and refunds, please consult: http://www.itcilo.org/en/training-offer/how-to-apply
About the 2016 Edition
About the 2016 Edition
Great learning experience during course on “CSR and International Labour Standards”
Turin, 21-25 November 2016 Edition
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; explored ways to improve buyer-supplier relations and 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 related to child labour, forced labour, discrimination, freedom of association and collective bargaining. A case study touched on hours of work, wages and safety and health. 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 approach and experience on partnership development as a crucial component as well as on buyer/supplier relations and specific challenges related to soft and hard issues and labour rights. Finally, the UN Global Compact shared insights on how business can support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The 2017 edition of this training will take place from 11-15 September 2017.
What previous participants said about the course
“During the course, I got to meet many different nationalities with an even more different approach to our common goal of improving working conditions in the factories around the globe. This was inspiring to experience across the private sector, NGO’s and Government officials. Especially tripartite discussions is something I need to explore more in my future work in factories globally. The ILO Help Desk was an eye-opener I never knew existed. Most of all I got verified, that we are on the right track in Skagerak Denmark. As many things in life: compliance, due diligence and CSR , are things where you often doubt you do the right thing. Doubt is not a bad thing, it keeps your senses alive. This course cemented that many roads lead to Rom, and that it is each and every one of our actions that makes a difference.” Mr Hans Lindekilde, Quality Manager, Skagerak Denmark
"The course brought to the forefront the reality that in order to implement correct due diligence practices in labour issues there be a good understanding of what is expected from business regarding their understanding of the International Labour Standards, the Labour Laws and their respect for their workers' rights." Ms Sonia Yvonne Davids, Jamaica Employers' Federation
"Due diligence and the importance thereof, specifically related to forced labour and child labour definitely left me motivated and encouraged me to ensure that this forms part of everything I do in my line of business. I would strongly recommend this course to those who not only want to broaden and further their knowledge in the CSR field and the opportunity to share worldwide experiences with fellow participants." Ms Erissa Martin, Chamber of Mines of South Africa