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Practical Implementation of Freedom of Association through Supply Chains -...
Wed 24 May 2017, 09:30 – 16:30 BST
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.
Why attend this Workshop?
This workshop offers a unique opportunity to find out more about the practical implementation of Freedom of Association through supply chains. This workshop will provide the essential knowledge to plan and execute a tailored approach that is right for each organisation from head-office to factory.
Who Is this Workshop for?
- Anyone working in the supply chain with an interest/responsibility for Freedom of Association
- Anyone with responsibility or an interest in Ethical Trade
- Anyone with responsibility for or who works within Corporate Social Responsibility
- Compliance teams
- Suppliers and manufacturers
- Human Resources people who have responsibility for supply chain and/or Freedom of Association
- Industrial/Labour Relations specialists who have responsibility or an interest in Freedom of Association
What will I get out of this Workshop?
- A good understanding of Freedom of Association and where it comes from
- How to practically apply a strategy on Freedom of Association
- How to manage a campaign by a labour organisation or NGO involving your business and how to resolve it
- Understand the positive impact Freedom of Association can bring to areas such as sustainability, efficiency and productivity
- Understand and assess the risk of reputational damage caused by issues relating to Freedom of Association
- Who to engage with and when
- How to practically implement Freedom of Association through your supply chain
- Understanding the various options and differences in things such as worker’s committees, collective bargaining and other bodies
Structure and Content
- What is Freedom of Association and where does it come from
- What are the obligations of brands/suppliers to Freedom of Association and what does this mean in practice
- Who are the main players in this area that brands/suppliers need to be aware of and why
- Practical examples of Freedom of Association (good, bad and why)
- How to devise a strategy and implement it whether at head-office or factory level
- How to measure and assess the positive impact of Freedom of Association
- How to assess and manage reputational risk in the area of Freedom of Association
- Understand the global labour perspective through hearing from a senior figure from a global labour organisation
- Take the content from the workshop for use back in the workplace
About the presenters
This workshop will be led and facilitated by Andy Cook (see detailed biography below). Andy has a long track record of working with domestic and global businesses on issues and strategies relating to Freedom of Association and Industrial and Labour Relations through supply chains. For more information, please click here.
The workshop will also feature a discussion and Q&A session with a senior figure with an international brief for a major labour organisation. More details will be provided.
What is included?
Full catering will be provided, including lunch, tea, coffee and soft drinks throughout the day.
About Andy Cook
Andy founded Marshall-James in 2006 following a number of years in senior Human Resources roles across diverse, heavily unionised businesses. Prior to his HR career, he was a full-time officer for one of the UK’s major unions.
He has worked with and advised some of the largest domestic and international brands on their approach to Industrial, Labour and Employee Relations issues, with respect to both their position as an employer and their responsibilities throughout their global third-party supply chains
Andy has a particular specialism in working with employers and brands on their obligations and challenges relating to Freedom of Association and collective bargaining through supply chains. His approach is always practical and pragmatic.
He led on researching and producing a report for the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) on how ETI Corporate members work with global and domestic unions to meet their obligations to Freedom of Association around the world. He has also worked with the International Labour Organisation’s Better Work Programme, run education and training for executives and managers in Europe, Asia and South America and supported local initiatives for businesses to introduce worker representation in factories and manufacturing facilities.
Andy regularly contributes to the press and media on issues relating to disputes, industrial action and Freedom of Association,
Outside of work, Andy is a sports fan and regularly watches football. He really enjoys stand-up comedy and has been known to have a go at it occasionally.