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Åpenhetsloven og hjemmearbeidere – den skjulte risikoen og hva selskaper må gjøre

Den nye åpenhetsloven pålegger virksomhetene å utføre og redegjøre for aktsomhetsvurderinger. Risikoanalysen står sentralt og her er det viktig med gode risikokartlegginger og rett prioritering av risiko. Svært få virksomheter er kjent med risikoen for at deres virksomhet har negativ påvirkning på hjemmearbeidere som leverer til fabrikkene.

«Home Workers» har svært dårlige arbeidsforhold, elendig betalt og er ofte ikke omfattet av nasjonal lovgivning og de blir heller ikke omfattet av sosiale revisjoner eller andre leverandøroppfølgingsverktøy.

Vår søsterorganisasjon ETI har Home Workers Worldwide som medlem, og de tilbyr praktisk veiledning og verktøy til virksomheter. Bli med oss på webinar og møte Home Workers Worldwide, sammen med vår danske søsterorganisasjon Etisk handel Danmark.

Program

14.00-14.15: Joint Ethical Trading Initiatives, human rights due diligence and home workers, Heidi Furustøl Ethical Trade Norway, Lene Midtgaard Ethical Trade Denmark

14.15-14.40: What actions can companies take and why, Peter Williams, Homeworkers Worldwide

– The barriers to transparency over homeworkers (and how these can be overcome)

– Practical guidance and tools which companies can use to improve transparency around (and to) homeworkers in their chains

14:40 – 14:50: Questions

14.50-15.15: Discussion

– what companies can do

– the role of civil society

– the role of Multi Stakeholder Initiatives (MSI)

 

Dette arrangementet er åpent for alle.

Background

Millions of women homeworkers are working in the global supply chains of apparel, footwear and homeware brands. Their informal employment, in dispersed sub-contract chains beyond the factory, out of sight of auditors and inspectors, combined with weak protections in national labour laws, leaves them at risk of exploitation and abuse.  Homeworkers’ pay rates are often very low and they cannot claim sick pay, maternity or holiday leave and social protection enjoyed by regular factory workers. Yet homeworkers are rarely identified in social audits and remain hidden to the companies whose products they are making.

As mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence becomes a reality, transparency beyond tier one becomes ever more important.  Ethical Trade Norway recently (18th October 2022) held a meeting on homeworkers and other informal workers in South Asia which described the need for due diligence aimed at homeworkers, who are the women workers with the lowest pay and most precarious employment in many chains.

We would like to invite you to a meeting to discuss what actions companies can take, in collaboration with civil society, to carry out due diligence to identify potentially hidden homeworkers in their supply chains, and in due course gain visibility over the presence of homeworkers and traction over their working conditions.

The Nordic Ethical Trading Initiatives will also have a key role in ensuring that our member companies have effective homeworker policies in place and in promoting collaboration between companies and civil society organisations around homeworking.  The aim of this meeting is to signpost resources which members can use, explore opportunities for collaboration and hopefully initiate the development of common policies on homeworking.

The discussions will be enriched by inputs from the UK NGO, Homeworkers Worldwide who have produced guidance for companies on due diligence with homeworkers  and a practical toolkit for companies, Finding Hidden Homeworkers in Apparel & Footwear Supply Chains, as part of the Hidden Homeworkers programme[1].

We hope this meeting will help raise members’ awareness of homeworking, and how to achieve transparency and traction over homeworkers who may be hidden in lower tiers of your supply chains.

[1] Hidden Homeworkers is a 4-year programme led by Transform Trade (formerly Traidcraft Exchange), HomeNet South Asia and Homeworkers Worldwide, co-funded by the European Union, which aims to work collaboratively with Brands and MSIs to create more visibility on homeworking and improve working conditions for homeworkers in apparel, footwear and homewares supply chains in South Asia.

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Home Workers Wordlwide

Etisk handel Danmark

Etisk handel Norge