Sedex and the International Labour Organization advance decent work in Asia supply chains

Sedex, one of the world’s leading ethical trade service providers, and the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations’ agency for ensuring rights at work and local justice, are working together to promote decent work in Asian supply chains. The two organisations facilitated a workshop on 5 November in Bangkok, Thailand, focusing on capacity building in South East Asia.

The workshop focused on specific elements to help businesses and organisations in the public and private sector better understand why being a socially responsible business is important. Building awareness about how to address forced labour and child labour and the importance of fair recruitment practices, will help companies to look at better ways to ensure decent working conditions in supply chains.

Walter Lin, Sedex Managing Director – Asia, said “Supporting Sedex members to be a responsible business and source responsibly in their supply chain is the DNA of the Sedex vision and strategy. The ILO and Sedex workshop provided an excellent opportunity to enhance the conversation between international organisations, public and private sectors to address the key issues in the Asian supply chain and understand the principles of responsible business. Having these forums is essential for progress as it enables organisations to share common challenges and insights, to create possible ways to cope with issues and make improvements.”

“We know that businesses care about their reputation and doing the right thing. This training helps businesses to acquire the knowledge and exchange the good practices needed to implement socially responsible labour practices.” Fredy Guayacan, Programme Manager, Responsible Supply Chains in Asia (ILO).

This training is an element of the Responsible Supply Chains in Asia programme – a partnership between the European Union (EU), the Organization for Economic Development (OECD) and the ILO. It aims to further sustainable and inclusive economic, social and environmental progress by integrating responsible business practices into the operations of multinational companies and their supply chains.

Media Contact:
Jessica McGoverne | Director of Corporate Affairs | jessica.mcgoverne@sedexglobal.com | Twitter: @SedexCSR

About Sedex:
Sedex (www.sedexglobal.com) is one of the world’s leading ethical trade service providers, working to improve working conditions in global supply chains. Sedex provides practical tools, services and a community network to help companies improve their responsible business and sustainable business practices, and source responsibly.

Sedex products and services are used by more than 55,000 members in 180 countries, helping businesses to build supply chain transparency and manage the risks that can affect people and their environment. Sedex works across 35 industry sectors, including food, agriculture, clothing and apparel, packaging and chemicals. Sedex is also home to SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit), one of the most widely used social audit methodologies in the world.

About ILO:
The ILO is the United Nations’ first specialised agency, and brings together governments, employers and workers of 187 member States, to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work and social justice for all women and men. For more information, please visit https://www.ilo.org/rsca

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