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Friday, March 15 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
Labour Standards beyond the factory walls

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Informal economy and the unorganized sector are an integral part of the economy in South Asian countries. With an increasingly interconnected globalised economy, the region has seen a boom in production and manufacturing opportunities in various industries. While this scenario has created opportunities to reduce poverty and generate income, it has also exposed the workers to hazards and exploitation such as child labour, unsatisfactory occupational health and safety conditions, lack of protection for non-payment of wages, retrenchment without notice or compensation, lack of collective bargaining and absence of social security benefits.
There are also workers (e.g., home-based workers, domestic workers and sex workers) who are not generally regarded as part of a typical business. Moreover, there are challenges (e.g., automation, gig economy, climate change) dealt with by the ILO as part the “the future of work” agenda.
The responsibility to respect human rights under the UNGPs applies to all enterprises regardless of their size, sector, operational context, ownership and structure. How could businesses discharge their responsibility to respect all human rights in such a complex world of work with multi-tiered supply chains? How could businesses pay special attention to more vulnerable groups such as migrant workers, persons with disabilities or women, who are often working in most precarious conditions? It is in this background that the session aims to understand the implications of the UNGPs and the ILO standards beyond the factory walls.

This session aims to:
  • Understand the implications of the UNGPs beyond a formal and structured business context;
  • Discuss the role of governments, businesses and other actors to ensure that all human rights of people working in informal/unorganized sector or in gig economy are respected, protected and remedied;
  • Share good practices and initiatives that seeks to implement the UNGPs beyond the factory walls; and
  • Explore tools, strategies and grievance mechanisms available to informal and unorganized labour force in protecting their rights.

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Kelvin Seargeant

of Sustainable Enterprise Development and Job Creation Specialist for South Asia, ILO
Mr. Kelvin Sergeant recently took up the position of Sustainable Enterprise Development and Job Creation Specialist for South Asia, based in the ILO Decent Work Technical Support Team (DWT) in New Delhi.  He provides technical advisory services to seven countries in the sub-region... Read More →

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Pradeep Narayanan

Child Rights and Business Specialist, UNICEF
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Han Dongfang

Founder, China Labour Bulletin
Han Dongfang (韩东方) is the Executive Director of China Labour Bulletin (CLB), a labour rights organization based in Hong Kong. He has been a leading advocate for workers rights in China for three decades.In 1994, he founded China Labour Bulletin in Hong Kong. During the past... Read More →
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Nina Smith

CEO, Goodweave
Nina Smith is the founding Chief Executive Officer of GoodWeave International, the leading global NGO working to stop child labor in global supply chains by bringing visibility and remedy to informal and exploited workers; restoring childhoods; and providing assurance to companies... Read More →
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Rana Alok Singh

Regional Director, South Asia, Ethical Trading Initiative
Alok has been Director of the Indian National Homeworker Group since 2006. The group represents the first ever multistakeholder organisation set up to improve the working lives of homeworkers, and is establishing models of worker self-empowerment in the key sourcing locations of Bareilly... Read More →

Friday March 15, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm +0530
The Art Gallery Lobby level