Building a Decent Green Workplace in Asian Supply Chains
09:00 – 10:30 (Bangkok time, GMT+7), 4 June 2021
Organised by amfori in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO)
Many governments and companies have been investing a lot to build a green supply chain such as the ASEAN Catalytic Green Finance Facility (ACGF). As of February 2020, the ACGF’s seven cofinancing partners have committed $1.42 billion for sovereign loans and $13.1 million for technical assistance. Back in 2018, the Declarations on promoting green jobs for equity and inclusive growth of ASEAN Community made by the ASEAN Member States (AMS) has demonstrated the commitment of the AMS in cooperation to jointly build a decent green workplace in this important regional economic clusters. While multiple funding, policies and initiatives have been formulated in the past decades and cooperations have been hastened under the UN SDGs launched since 2015, there are still lots of challenges that businesses who are due to implement the strategies in their day-to-day work place. This transition of societies towards a “green economy”, and therefore sustainable development, is only possible with the active engagement of the world of work.
This session will discuss relevant policies and practical challenges faced by businesses and governments in Asia in pursuing the goals set to build decent green work place. The session will also explore good practices for integrated and coordinated policies to promote constructive multi-stakeholder dialogue and uphold international labour standards along a green Asian supply chain in order to implement a just transition in the economies. By bringing in the voice of buyers and suppliers in the Asia together with policy makers, the discussion will draw attention to some of the immediate challenges being faced in the actual workplace as to explore the different practical solutions for a sustainable supply chain in Asia.
The key objectives of this session are to:
Discuss the policy and practical challenges faced by businesses, workers, and government in fulfilling the green requirements towards the UN SDGs, across sectors, with particular attention to upholding international labour standards and labour rights;
Discuss good practices for collaborations between workers’ and employers’ organizations in value chains in the Asia;
Discuss the role of workers’ and employers’ organisations, best practices in collaboration, and joint actions for a decent green workplace. To explore new potential collaborations opportunities that can help key supply chain actors in enabling the employers and workers with necessary resources, knowledge and skills to make green jobs and green workplace productive and sustainable.
Panelists and participants will reflect on the following questions:
Measures businesses and governments have taken or are taking to create and maintain a decent green workplace;
Challenges to collaboration being faced by businesses in the current context;
Actions undertaken by governments to help businesses be responsible and to respect green requirements in the supply chains, and to avoid responsible business practices losing prioritization as enterprise struggle to survive under global economic downturn and the still-lingering impact of COVID-19 pandemic;
How the current pandemic will define the changes and actions to be undertaken by governments and private sector to make transformations in the supply chains to address their environmental impact;
Partnerships and actions to coordinate the polices and resources being invested in green jobs and decent work place in Asia;
New food-for-thoughts that can enable businesses, governments, workers and other stakeholders to make a better and greener work place;
Specific policies and measures required to support MSMEs in adhering to responsible business practices in building a green decent workplace.