As part of its commitment to sustainable sourcing, Nike partners with Workplace Options to promote worker wellbeing within supplier facilities.
Leading brands, in an effort to promote worker safety and wellbeing, are helping their supply chain factories recognize the value of worker voice tools.
Workplace Options’ Labor Solutions team has recently been selected to join Race to the Top as technical experts for worker engagement efforts. As part of the project, Workplace Options will equip participating factories with WOVO.
E-learning offers employees convenience. With e-learning, employees can fit compliance trainings into their schedules, rather than adjusting according to set training times and locations. They also have the freedom to complete e-learning trainings on their smart phones, laptops or desktop computers, instead of traveling to a designated location.
Forward-looking companies are taking a proactive approach to identify and address potential compliance issues. Finding traditional grievance boxes and open door policies insufficient, they are turning to innovative tools like WOVO to create new lines of communication.
A study by the Fair Wear Foundation and Care International found that female factory workers in Vietnam face systemic sexual harassment and violence at work. Approximately 2 million people are employed in Vietnam’s garment sector, with some factories having as many as 20,000 workers. More than 80% of the workers are women.
As part of their sustainability programs, and in an effort to go “beyond compliance,” companies are developing guidelines to ensure the factories that make up their supply chain are integrating new worker voice, worker empowerment, and worker wellbeing solutions.
Supply chain factories are often located in poor countries with low-labor costs and few protections for workers. In these settings, challenges like unsafe working conditions and unfair labor practices are the norm. For women, who represent a majority of the factory workforce in many segments, the challenges are even greater.
Migrant workers around the globe are vulnerable to abusive labor practice for a variety of reasons including language barriers, minimal education and lack of familiarity with legal rights. Businesses are facing pressure to uncover and address abusive practices taking place within their supply chains.
Radio programs are giving garment workers in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu a platform to address factory working condition. Callers to the show are sharing personal examples of poor factory working conditions including harassment, long working hours, and inadequate wages.