International Labour Standards and Corporate Social Responsibility


Understanding workers' rights in the framework of due diligence

The course aims to strengthen the capacity of participants to understand the principles of international labour standards (ILS) as they relate to company operations (including due diligence related to labour rights) and how these principles can be most effectively implemented in company operations within the supply chain. 

Drawing on the experience of the ILO Helpdesk for Business, breakout sessions will provide participants with opportunities to discuss and debate some of the complex issues companies face when putting principles into practice, e.g. what to do when national law is not consistent with ILS; how to balance competing rights; where to draw the line in contributing to social development; and what to do when the government is not fulfilling its duty to protect

At the end of the course, participants will:

  • Be familiar with ILO’s core labour standards (child labour, forced labour, discrimination, and freedom of association and collective bargaining), their function and formulation as well as implementation and other relevant ILO tools relevant from a CSR perspective;
  • Be able to analyse international instruments and frameworks on CSR referencing ILS;
  • Understand the different roles of governments, the private sector, and employers’ and workers’ organizations could play in the development and implementation of CSR policies and practices; be updated on company practices selected from a variety of geographical, sectoral and operational contexts;
  • Be able to better advise and serve their institutions, organizations or enterprises in the area of ILS and Decent Work and in their daily operations