Massive Online Open Course - Business and Decent Work: How enterprises contribute to achieve decent work for all (SDG 8)

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Deadline for application: 5 September 2021


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for integrated and transformative policies to tackle development challenges. The promotion of more and better jobs is a central element that cuts across many of the Sustainable Development Goals with SDG 8 (Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all) at its core.

The aim of this Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) is to enhance understanding on the ways and means whereby multinational enterprises can contribute to the achievement of decent work for all (SDG 8) through their operations. Starting from the principles set forth by the ILO MNE Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social policy, the MOOC will gradually expose participants to the business and decent work nexus, ways in which companies can contribute to the different pillars of the decent work agenda, and the issue of partnership, coherence and synergies with other existing frameworks that promote responsible business practices.

The MOOC is a unique event reflecting the diversity of actors which constitutes the field of responsible business, and bringing together representatives from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the United Nations Global Compact, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) amongst other with the International Labour Organization (ILO) as the lead organizer of the MOOC.

Course Structure and Methodology

The MOOC will be offered through the eCampus of the International Training Center of the ILO over a period of 7 weeks from 6 September to 15 October 2021, for an estimated total of 34 learning hours.

The MOOC is built around 6 masterclasses combined with online learning moments:

- Online learning: Flexible self-guided online learning on the ITC-ILO eCampus, consisting of a mix of mandatory and optional modules taking into account the profile and field of interest of the participants.

- ‘Real time’ learning and experience sharing: six live interactive modules with highly experienced trainers and resources persons, including four master classes and two experience-sharing sessions during which the participants share their experiences and good practices.

- Forum and experience sharing: Interactions among the participants and with the facilitators during the live sessions as well as on the course forum.

Who attends this course?

The MOOC has been designed for a wide range of professionals from the public and private sectors (enterprises, governments, social partners and other relevant stakeholders), in particular CSR professionals; government officials dealing with MNEs and/or business and human rights; workers' and employers' organizations; civil society; and members of local UN Global Compact networks.