Responsible business conduct

Webinar on Equal Opportunity and Treatment and Harassment

The webinar is part of the CSR training being implemented by the RSCA project in collaboration with the Asian Institute of Management – Ramon V. Del Rosario Center for Corporate Citizenship


The webinar is part of the CSR training being implemented by the RSCA project in collaboration with the Asian Institute of Management – Ramon V. Del Rosario Center for Corporate Citizenship

The CSR Training is participated by the Human Resource Officers and Focal Points of the enterprises located within the West Cebu Industrial Park and the First Philippine Industrial Park.

The HR function is uniquely positioned to assist in both developing and implementing an enterprise’ sustainability and corporate social responsibility strategy. Further, the HR function has an important contribution in the formulation of an enterprise’ social, economic and environmental goals while also harmonizing these with that of financial goals.

The HR focal points should take advantage of the position and take important initial steps to advance an enterprise’ direction toward the path of corporate social responsibility. To get started, HR leaders should be knowledgeable ad understand the leading CSR global frameworks to be able to adopt the principles therein within their respective organizations or enterprises. Beyond their own enterprises, HR leaders must also advocate for the implementation of CSR/RBC standards and practices within their supply chains.

Among the different labour standards that are included in the CSR training, it is deemed important to provide substantial focus on the topic of equal opportunity and treatment and harassment – the relevant ILO conventions, the ILO MNE Declaration and national laws.

Equality in the workplace is important as it ensures that people are given equal opportunities, equal pay, and are well accepted for their differences. It creates an inclusive and conducive work environment and somehow ensures elimination of any chances of discrimination in the workplace

Apart from promoting a conducive workplace for women, there is a clear business case for promoting gender equality by business, this is based on sound research. In a country study done by ILO Philippines “Leading to Success: the business case for women in business and management in the Philippines, according to the study published for the first UN International Equal Pay Day, 84 per cent of the 389 Filipino companies polled said that gender diversity has brought several benefits to their businesses. These benefits include better business outcomes, increased profitability and productivity as well as greater creativity innovation and openness, increased ability to attract and retain talent, improvement of company’s reputation and better ability to gauge consumer interest and demand.

Discrimination is not a new concept and many forms, especially those based on gender, cast or race, are deeply embedded in some countries. For example, women often represent the majority of workers in many sectors, yet they are barely present in management roles. They are also regularly paid less than men for equivalent jobs.

Objectives:
  1. To provide knowledge and better understanding among the participants about relevant ILO conventions and national laws related to equal opportunity and treatment and harassment.
  2. To promote understanding of the definition of discrimination including common situations in unfairly treating employees
  3. To provide the better understanding of the pertinent issues revolving around the topic.
  4. To develop the capacity of participants in supporting the promotion/advocacy of equal opportunity and treatment in their respective enterprises