Tool 3

Embedding Decent Work Into Corporate Processes and Systems

Key Learnings

When I encounter a social responsibility-economics dilemma which could have negative implications for my supplier’s workers, it is important to:

  • Understand that I might not be able to address all issues related to decent work in my supply chain(s). Ensuring sustainable procurement and respect for labour rights and decent work might require changes in my company’s culture
  • Create communication channels with my management that will allow our procurement team to share concerns
  • Bring all relevant colleagues, including senior management, around the table to address future or recurrent issues, and work on long-term solutions underlying dependencies between business strategies and purchasing decisions
  • Learn from what others do and know outside my company.

Next Steps

  • Consider creating a “Responsible Procurement Committee” with representatives of different functions, perspectives and backgrounds
  • Consider developing feedback mechanisms to raise possible conflicts and concerns such as those related to freedom of association, collective bargaining or decent working conditions
  • Join sectoral or multi-sectoral groups of companies and stakeholders and get inspired by others
  • Use the proposed key performance indicators included in this tool to adapt or include responsible procurement in your performance management plans
  • Use the PowerPoint slide deck included in this toolkit to engage and train colleagues and suppliers