Many studies show a positive correlation between employee relations and financial performance, which is especially relevant in a labour-intensive sector such as retail. This guide describes lessons learnt from a PRI-coordinated engagement that saw 24 investors managing US$1.5 trillion of assets work together to enhance 27 global retail companies’ performance and reporting on employee relations.
Fostering women’s entrepreneurship is critical to achieving sustainable businesses, economic growth and to meet current and future sustainable development goals and targets. By leveraging the talents, skills and innovation of women entrepreneurs, women can bring needed action to global challenges such as climate change and water scarcity. This resource provides an overview of considerations for companies to support women entrepreneurs as well as examples of steps some companies are already undertaking.
Detailed description of the SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) with introductory remarks from the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder.
Companies and organizations are making tremendous strides in creating policies that support inclusive and diverse environments; however data shows that women, as well as other minority groups such as ethnic and/or racial minorities, persons with disabilities etc. continue to be underrepresented and face barriers to achieving their full potential. While there are several factors that contribute to this global reality, one factor that is often overlooked is the need to address unconscious biases and implicit associations that can form an unintended and often an invisible barrier, restricting a company’s gender equality policies and programmes from reaching their intended mark. To achieve truly inclusive business environments the Women's Empowerment Principles call on companies to take steps to uncover, raise awareness about, address and reduce unconscious biases throughout their organization, including at the management and leadership levels.
Facilitated by experts of the ILO’s Labour Migration Programme, this webinar provided practical guidance on how business can address the many challenges related to international labour migration while supporting migrant workers in line with the Labour Principles and the relevant international standards of the ILO. Participants were presented the “business case” for promoting migrants’ rights as well as examples of good practices and initiatives undertaken by the business community.
The ILO Helpdesk is a service from the International Labour Organization that provides a one-stop-shop to help company managers and workers understand the application of international labour standards.
Highlights company practices and operations in the areas of hiring, retention, products, services and corporate social responsibility in terms of persons with disabilities.
The Responsible Sourcing Tool is a free, open source web platform created to help companies, federal procurement and contracting professionals, advocates, investors, and consumers visualize and understand the risks of human trafficking in supply chains. The site offers a comprehensive assessment of country- and industry-based risks, guidance on understanding different types of risks, and a suite of tools to address those risks, including tools for building strong policies, screening and evaluating labor suppliers, and compliance management. The site also includes case studies, useful external resources, and guidance on engaging responsibly and ethically with survivors.
Empowering women to participate in full and productive employment is essential to expand economic growth, promote social development and enhance business performance. However, the positive impacts of women-focused employment practices on firms, communities and the economy are often under appreciated. This resource provides an overview of considerations for companies to support women's employment as well as examples of steps some companies are already undertaking.
A guide for employers in adopting positive strategies for managing disability-related issues in the workplace. It also addresses the essential role played by governments as well as the importance of initiatives taken by persons with disabilities.
Supply chains offer a unique opportunity and means for companies to promote human rights and have a positive impact on economic development by offering economically disadvantage groups an equal opportunity to compete for business. Principle 5 of the Women's Empowerment Principles call on companies to make inclusive sourcing a key pillar in their business strategy by expanding business relationship with women-owned enterprises. This resource provides an overview of considerations for companies to source from women-owned suppliers as well as examples of steps some companies are already undertaking.
Examines the unique nature of water challenges in conflict-affected or high-risk areas and how the management of water resources can in turn affect business operations and society – particularly through its potential to exacerbate conflict.