Worker wellbeing: a right or a privilege?

Wellbeing
Tuesday 24 May 2016,
8:30 am to 10:00 am

Wellbeing is seen as an important part of a flourishing society. It is associated with feeling happy, healthy and valued.  But what does this mean for workers in global supply chains? How much does workers’ wellbeing matter to the companies that employ them and benefit from their labour?

Wellbeing is a growing professional and academic discipline. It is measured and monitored globally, in communities and workplaces. There is clear evidence that happy workers contribute to better company performance and increased productivity, but how much do we know what creates a sense of happiness and wellbeing amongst workers?

What can we learn about companies that invest in workers’ well-being, and what do workers themselves think about these? Some would argue that companies should focus on ensuring that workers can access their rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining. That way they will have voice, choice and control over their own pay and working conditions and will be able to take care of their own sense of wellbeing.

What is the relationship between ethical trade and wellbeing?

Our speakers are experts in the field. They will explore approaches to wellbeing and demonstrate best practice examples. Come ready for a challenging debate and discussion over breakfast.

Michael Weatherhead, International Director, NEF Consulting

Emily Scott, Private Sector Engagement Team Leader, CARE International UK

Dave Eva, Union Learning Fund Manager, Trades Union Congress

This event is part of our Ethical Insights series.

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