The two-day training aimed to help multinational enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) understand the origins of the corporate social responsibility(CSR)/responsible business conduct (RBC) international frameworks, codes of conduct, what enterprises can do to improve and demonstrate their adherence to RBC international principles and compliance with national law and corporate codes, as well as with CSR/RBC initiatives. It demonstrated that respect for workers’ rights and improvement in working conditions can be part of competitive business strategy by improving productivity, competitiveness, and access to new markets, managing risks along the supply chains and strengthening resilience, in particular in times of crisis.
The training sessions focused on:
- International labour standards and CSR in global supply chains
- Gender equality and prevention of harassment in the workplace
- Wages and benefits
- Working hours and leaves
- Prevention of forced labour
- Social compliance continuous improvements and workers’ participation
As a part of the EU-ILO-OECD Responsible Supply Chains in Asia Programme, the training has laid down a good foundation for enterprises in the textiles and eletronics supply chains to comply with international labour standards, codes of conducts and national labour laws and contribute to improve their CSR performance and finally achieve sustainable and competitive business in global market.