Workshop on MNE Declaration and Fundamental Principles & Rights at Work

A three day workshop on MNE Declaration and Fundamental Principles & Rights at Work is being organized for the ILO’s constituents (government, employers and workers organizations), trade bodies/business associations, representatives of brands/sourcing companies, trade unions, Directors/HR/CSR/Compliance Managers of the export oriented sports goods manufacturers in Sialkot and members of the Task Force established under the Project.

Background and justification

Under the MNE Project (“More and Better Jobs through Socially Responsible Labour Practices in the Sports Goods Industry in Sialkot”), a consultation was organized on 4th August 2016 at the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce & Industry, wherein as per request of the participants of the consultation, it was concluded that a comprehensive workshop on MNE declaration and Fundamental Principles & Rights at Work would be organized for the capacity building of the ILO constituents, trade bodies/associations, sports goods manufacturers, trade unions, brands/sourcing companies from Sialkot. A three day workshop is therefore planned to be held on 14th – 16th March 2017, at Lahore on the MNE declaration and Fundamental Principles & Rights at Work. The participants will benefit and will have the opportunity to discuss the key issues and challenges as well as prepare their specific action plan to promote FPRW specific initiates within their establishments.

Objective

This workshop aims to strengthen the understanding of participants about the key elements of MNE declaration, and core labour standards. Moreover, the participants will discuss how the principles of international labour standards relates to their work and what needs to be done to be able to initiate implementation of these principles within their company operations. The ILO Helpdesk for Business on International Labour Standards; importance of social dialogue in industrial relations and ways to more effectively support business partners to be able to improve compliance with core labour standards will be focused. The participants will be carefully selected and those will be preferred who show interest in seeking the guidance to better align company operations, including along supply chains, with the principles of the MNE Declaration and Fundamental Principles & Rights at Work.