The project entailed a series of seven training workshops for Employers’ Organizations and Companies which were organized throughout 2015 and 2016 (phase III).
Three different types of workshops were implemented for a total number of seven activities over a two year period. Inputs given during the training workshops were different each time enabling to explore a large number of facets regarding transnational agreements, their objectives, opportunities and drawbacks as well as the overall context in which they have been concluded and are implemented. This also enabled to attract to the workshops different groups of people, professional background and nationalities.
New training material was developed to support the activities, notably on the linkages between TCAs and the current policy debates on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as well as Business and Human Rights. Two major products came out of the project: an "eLearning Module on CSR, Business and Human Rights instruments" as well as a "Guide on CSR and Human Rights - what does it mean for companies in supply chains?". By attending the workshops, participants were given access to comprehensive and high level information and practices concerning TCAs, and the debates currently taking place at national, EU and International level both in political circles and in companies. This evidence-based approach added value and a very practical element to the training experience that was very much appreciated by the target group.
The project and the different workshops held have raised further awareness among the business and employers' organization community on the nature, opportunities and challenges related with TCAs. The workshops helped demystify and clarify doubts or misconceptions concerning these types of processes. It was made clear during the workshops that while TCAs have an enormous potential of growth, being today still a minority phenomenon, their added value is not only to reaffirm the importance of social rights and social dialogue, but also to devise implementation and monitoring processes aimed at rendering them effective. One of the main benefits of the activities was to explain, in practical and very accurate terms, how the debates on TCAs at International, European and national levels are intertwined with debates on the role of business in society and the implementation of a number of international/European/national Guidelines, Principles and standards defining corporate responsibility in the social/human rights fields. Many discussions shed light on the practical implications of due diligence obligations for companies. All this contributed to a better definition and subsequent creation of new areas of intervention and services by Employers' organizations in Europe.
This project was co-funded by the European Union