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Practical implementation of Freedom of Association through supply chains, London
May 24, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Many employers and global brands struggle with how to practically implement their obligations to meaningful Freedom of Association, particularly through their global supply chains. Being a global brand brings many responsibilities to comply with various conventions, charters and commitments and the very real risk of reputational damage through breaches of these requirements.
Global labour organisations can be very quick to publicly criticise, often triggering a serious of campaigns through unions, NGOs and other organisations. Brands often report that the campaigns don’t reflect the true situation. The principles behind Freedom of Association are deep rooted in International Labour Organisation Conventions and yet remain, for some, the most difficult to implement, particularly with a “one-size fits all approach” that covers many different countries and cultures.
This workshop is designed for anyone who is responsible for or works within the global supply chain, has responsibility for Ethical Trade policy and practice, CSR Policy and Practice, Compliance, Human Resources, domestic and International Industrial/Labour Relations where Freedom of Association is a consideration for their employer.
During the day, we will look at what Freedom of Association really is. We will consider who are the main players, what strategies and tactics are available from head-office to factory level, how to mitigate the risk of reputational damage and how to implement meaningful Freedom of Association on the ground. Attendees will also hear the views from a senior figure from a Global Union Federation.
More information is available here http://www.mjerl.com/foa-workshop/