Supporting and respecting Freedom of Association (FOA) and Collective Bargaining (CB) within company supply chains can result in a positive business environment, including better economic competitiveness, early dispute resolution, skills development, health and safety improvements. It also drives dignity and equality through universally accepted principles.
FOA is part of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) providing for the right of freedom of assembly, association and trade union membership – it is called an “enabling” right as all other universal working rights, or core labour standards and worker protections, flow from this. FOA could be viewed as the key to formally unlocking dialogue, consultation, exchange of ideas and negotiation between employers and workers.
The purpose of this course is to introduce the ETI model and approach to addressing Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining (Base Code clause #2) in a staged and systematic way, supporting this complex area of human rights at work. It also aims to demystify the global conventions that provide the protections and set the universal standard designed to govern the formal arrangements between workers and management.
Understanding the ETI model and approach to Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
Recognising the scale and scope of FOA in integrated reporting - including intersectionality with management standards, codes of practice and policy frameworks
Enhanced application and resources on using the due diligence approach to FOA and CB
Recognising red-flags or pitfalls on audit non-compliance
Using a business case and risk approach to communicate on workers’ fundamental workplace rights