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Key Points

  • Stakeholder engagement promotes buy-in, because those who participate in the development of a system are more invested in its success. Workers are directly impacted by non-compliance with labor standards in a way that other stakeholders are not. As representatives of workers, trade unions and democratic worker organizations provide support and voice for workers to identify and raise concerns and collectively advocate for their rights and interests.

  • Engaging all stakeholders (including company employees, facility and labor unions and/or worker representative organizations, suppliers, community organizations and CSOs, NGOs and INGOs, workers and vulnerable groups, shareholders and investors) can help large corporations and SMEs understand the consequences of certain decisions and actions on specific stakeholders, the varied and changing expectations of stakeholders, and the key issues that surface in supply chains.

  • Engaging stakeholders internally is as important as engaging external stakeholders. Accountability for senior managers at all levels of an organization is critical to establishing lasting systems to manage human rights risks.

  • Companies can take a proactive approach to engaging with government entities to enhance social compliance practices and build genuine worker-driven social compliance systems. 

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Examples in Action

Further Resources

  1. ILO, IOE. Child Labour Guidance Tool for Business 2015. http://www.ilo.org/ipecinfo/product/download.do?type=document&id=27555.
  2. U.S. Department of Labor. Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB).  ABK3 LEAP: Livelihoods, Education, Advocacy & Protection to Reduce Child Labor in Sugarcane Areas. Washington, D.C., 2016; available from https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ilab/abk3-leap-livelihoods-education-advocacy.