The United Nations Global Compact Action Platform on Decent Work in Global Supply Chains builds an alliance of companies committed to respecting human rights and fundamental principles and rights at work by leveraging their supply chains and taking collective action to address decent work deficits. This platform is building the case for improving decent work in global supply chains and demonstrate how labour rights and human rights are critical for achieving the SDGs. The focus lies on fostering leadership, learning and sharing across sectors, establishing good practice, identifying and incubating innovative solutions, and measuring impact.
The Action Platform is currently developing a set of user-friendly tools to empower procurement staff to integrate human rights into daily decision making, and effectively communicate human rights with suppliers. By using this Engagement toolkit, companies can take action in support of the achievement of SDG 8: ‘Decent work and economic growth’. They can also inspire and support others – suppliers and business partners – to take action for decent working conditions.
The UNGC Decent Work team is organizing a series of workshops in selected countries to introduce the Engagement Toolkit and gather inputs from companies. This will be an opportunity to help make the Engagement Toolkit as practical as can be for companies and their suppliers.
The Global Compact Network Bangladesh in partnership with BRAC Bank Ltd will be organizing a full day in person event, bringing together professionals across industries to enhance mutual understanding and expectations around sustainability between buyers and suppliers, putting a special emphasis on engaging SMEs in supply chains and integrating sustainability in daily decision-making, despite potential capacity and resource constraints. Before the sustainability day event, the Global Compact Network Bangladesh and BRAC Bank Ltd will select a pool of SMEs to conduct workshops on supply chain sustainability with an emphasis on key supply chain terms, supply chain management and supply chain transparency. The main aim is to build a minimum understanding on sustainability beforehand, to make the most of the in-person time at the Sustainability Day event.