Multinational enterprises and social policy

Responsible Supply Chains in Asia

The project aims to contribute to an enhanced respect for labour, environment and human rights standards by businesses engaged in supply chains in Asia. It is funded by the European Union and it takes guidance from the ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (ILO MNE Declaration, 2017) and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (2011). It is implemented in six countries, namely: the Philippines, Japan, China, Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar.

The specific objective of the Project in the Philippines is to implement interventions in the food industry. Food products from the Philippines represent 14 per cent of the products imported into the EU and the flows for these products have been growing rapidly in recent years. Linking to the agricultural value chains, this sector contributes to the livelihood of over 10 million people employed in agriculture, hunting, forestry and fishery.

The Philippines has a wide array of policies in the area of CSR/RBC, but their implementation and measurement of success is limited.

There have been growing interests on the topic of mainstreaming social and environmental principles into core business processes and this topic have been openly discussed in different fora by the business community. Still, there is much need to create more awareness and understanding on the role and responsibilities of government and international and national enterprises to advance the practice of CSR/RBC.

The project has three specific objectives, as follows:

• Promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth by ensuring that investors and businesses have a better understanding and practical examples of responsible behaviour.
• Create a policy environment conducive to promoting responsible conduct.
• Increase opportunities for dialogue on challenges and opportunities.

For further information, please contact:

Ms Ruby T. Banez
National Project Coordinator
ILO Country Office for the Philippines (CO-Manila)
19th Floor, Yuchengco Tower
RCBC Plaza, 6819 Ayala Avenue
1200 Makati City, Philippines
Tel. +632 5809900 or 5809952