SAI & ICCO Working to Operationalize Ruggie Guiding Principles

SAI Announces Enhanced Corporate Programs Membership
New Corporate Programs Membership will increase benefits, including more interaction and shared learning among members

SAI Corporate Program members in 2011 represent a range of industries.

SAI is pleased to announce its newly enhanced Corporate Programs, which seek to enable more interaction and shared learning among all members.

Offered at no increased cost, this revised membership program provides companies with greater access to SAI’s sophisticated supply chain management training- including Social Fingerprint® – multi-stakeholder input, and the ability to confidentially benchmark their programs against other members.

The changes are designed to benefit current members, which include companies from a range of industries, in addition to all incoming members. The three levels of Corporate Programs membership – Supporting, Explorer and Signatory – each will offer added services. Some of the new services for companies and their suppliers were developed in response to member input >>Read more

Learn more about membership levels, services and pricing @bit.ly/sW3GoX. For more information, contact Craig Moss at [email protected]

 

SAI & ICCO Working to Operationalize Ruggie Guiding Principles

SAI & ICCO will collaborate on a handbook and toolkit to help businesses implement the UN Guiding Principles for Business & Human Rights

SAI and the Netherlands-based Interchurch Organisation for Development Cooperation (ICCO) are pleased to announce the launch of a collaborative project to operationalize the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

SAI, with support from ICCO, will develop a handbook and training program based on the framework. The focus will be on helping businesses develop and implement management systems to operationalize the Guiding Principles in their supply chain. The handbook will also include a step-by-step guide with sample documents, and advice on how companies can scale the system to their own size and level of risk.

Finalized in March 2011 by UN Special Representative John Ruggie, the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are intended to help operationalize the UN “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework. To assist in this transformation from principles to practice, SAI and ICCO’s handbook and training program will help companies address questions concerning interpretation, scope, and practical integration. The handbook is expected to be released in mid-2012, and the training will be initially piloted in the Netherlands, Brazil and India; additional countries are expected to be included later. The training will be offered in the classroom, and also online, through SAI’s Social Fingerprint® Online Training Center.>>Read more

For more information, contact SAI Europe Representative Edwin Koster at [email protected]

 

ISSP Webinar: Implementing Living Wages in Global Supply Chains

Matt Fischer-Daly will lead this webinar, featuring factory case studies from Thailand and Honduras

Register Now!

Implementing Living Wages in Global Supply Chains

January 25, 2012

1:00PM – 2:00PM EST

In supply chains across the world, men and women labor in low-wage jobs, making insufficient income in a regular work week to cover the cost of living. What can responsible businesses do to ensure that workers throughout the supply chain receive living wages? What are the implications of wage levels for the sustainability of communities around the world?

Join SAI Senior Manager Matt Fischer-Daly for a discussion on how businesses can implement living wages in their global supply chains, and the role of certification standards such as SAI’s SA8000®>>Read more

For more information about this upcoming webinar, contact SAI Communications Manager Joleen Ong at [email protected]

 

Do Not Just Understand the World – Improve it”

Reflections on the IFC-ILO Better Work Conference, “Workers, Businesses and Government: Understanding Labor Compliance in Global Supply Chains”

On October 28, Steven Purcey, Director of the Policy Integration Department at the ILO, closed the 3-day Better Work Conference with instructions: ‘do not just understand the world- improve it, with courage and informed strategies’. The message reflects the Better Work approach to improving labor standards compliance.

SAI attended the conference to hone our own programs, which share with Better Work the strategies of tripartite capacity building and promotion of social dialogue as the foundations of an enabling environment for labor rights.

The Better Work conference brought together practitioners, policymakers and researchers to evaluate the projects’ performance to-date and identify improvements. >>Read more

This article was written by SAI Senior Manager, Matt Fischer-Daly. For more information, contact him at [email protected]

 

Honduras, After the 2009 Coup
How CDH, SAI’s Honduras-based partner in Project Cultivar, paved the way forward through social dialogue

Just three months before the June 2009 coup, this multi-stakeholder group convened by CDH, representing suppliers, unions, and civil society, discussed ways to cultivate a culture of labor compliance in Honduran agriculture

The first military coup to rattle Central America since the end of the Cold War ousted democratically-elected President Manuel Zelaya on June 28, 2009. The President of the Honduran Congress Roberto Micheletti was immediately sworn in as the country’s new president, and hundreds of Zelaya supporters took to the streets in protest.

The ensuing polarization of Honduran society significantly impacted work of the Center for Human Development (CDH), the local implementing partner for SAI’s Project Cultivar. Half way into the four-year U.S. Department of Labor-funded project to improve labor law compliance in agriculture, SAI and CDH needed to reassess their strategies. >>Read more

View the original article in Spanish in the REAL CARD magazine @bit.ly/qOHbNu. This article was written by SAI Development Manager Eliza Wright. For more information, contact her at [email protected]

 

Meet SAI’s New Intern: Rabayah Akhter
Ms. Akhter will be working with SAI Development Manager Eliza Wright

Rabayah Akhter

About Rabayah Akhter: I am a Master’s candidate at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), where I’m concentrating in Social Policy and Management. I’m most interested in good governance and public management in developing countries and how governments can be more effective at policy making and implementation.

Before I came to New York, I was living in Mopti, Mali for 2 years as a Peace Corps volunteer. My primary assignment was to help a local NGO improve its small business of selling jewelry made by women recovering from fistula surgery. I spent much of my time adapting to the culture >>Read more

For more information, please contact Rabayah Akhter at [email protected]

 

Highlights & Announcements

“Curiosity is Enough”: Interview with Alice Tepper Marlin German Public Radio Channel, WDR5, broadcasted this interview as part of its program, “Strong Women.” Read the English translation of the interview @bit.ly/vGJg5I, which was initially broadcast in German @bit.ly/rQHlEy.

The ISEAL Alliance Assurance Code Consultation Opens
Participate in this new consultation for ISEAL’s latest Code of Good Practice, which aims to make assurance a more effective tool to support social and environmental impact . Open until 31 December 2011. Learn more @bit.ly/sih1RJ.

Memorial Service for Sir Geoffrey Chandler, London Sir Geoffrey Chandler (1922-2011) was a pioneer in the field of business and human rights. On November 17 in London, a public memorial service takes place, followed by a dialogue event on the future of the business & human rights agenda. More information @bit.ly/sl7MXb.