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Step 1: Engage Stakeholders and Partners

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the importance of getting external entities involved in your social compliance system.
  • Become familiar with the various forms that engagement can take, including specific examples of partnerships and other collaboration.
  • Identify and engage with your stakeholders.

Key Terms

Stakeholder — A person or group directly or indirectly affected by, or otherwise having an interest in, your company’s policies and/or actions. The term stakeholder is widely used in government, business, and civil society organizations, not solely in relation to social compliance. However, a company’s social compliance program may have stakeholders distinct from those of the company as a whole.

Community — For purposes of this toolkit, a community is comprised of the people in a geographic area (neighborhood, village, town, region) located at some point along your company’s supply chain. The communities in your company’s supply chains are among your stakeholders.

The links on the left-hand side of this page provide more information about engaging with various stakeholders and partners. It is recommended that you read them in the order presented; you can move from one section to the next without returning to this page.

Note: Any references to companies or other non-governmental entities within this guide are only for informational purposes and should not be interpreted as an official endorsement of those entities, their products or services by the U.S. Department of Labor.