The ILO RSCA programme in China organized a training workshop titled “ILO-MOHRSS Responsible Labour Practices Training Workshop for Enterprises in the Textiles Sector” in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu, China on 15 September 2020. This training was co-hosted with the Chinese Academy of Labour and Social Security (CALSS) and supported by Zhangjiagang Human Resources and Social Security Bureau.
Using the International Labour Standards in Global Supply Chains materials, the training aimed to help multinational enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) understand the origins of the corporate social responsibility(CSR)/responsible business conduct (RBC) international frameworks, codes of conduct, what enterprises can do to improve and demonstrate their adherence to RBC international principles and compliance with national law and corporate codes, as well as with CSR/RBC initiatives. It demonstrated that respect for workers’ rights and improvement in working conditions can be part of competitive business strategy by improving productivity, competitiveness, and access to new markets, managing risks along the supply chains and strengthening resilience, in particular in times of crisis.
The training sessions focused on:
- International labour standards and CSR in global supply chains
- Prevention of forced labour
- Wages & benefits, working hours & leaves
- Occupational safety and health in the workplace
- Equality and prevention of harassment in the workplace
- Social compliance continuous improvements and workers’ participation
As a part of the EU-ILO-OECD Responsible Supply Chains in Asia Programme, the training has laid down a good foundation for enterprises in the textiles supply chain to comply with international labour standards, codes of conducts and national labour laws and contribute to improve their CSR performance and finally achieve sustainable and competitive business in global market.