On 18 October, FTA in partnership with the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) convened a multi-stakeholder roundtable at Oxford University to discuss the protection of the rights of Syrian refugees in Turkish supply chains. Nearly 40 senior representatives from business participated at this event including FTA members, governmental and international bodies, academia and other civil society organisations who support Syrians refugees in Turkey.
The roundtable provided a platform for participants to exchange views on how to help Syrian refugees under temporary protection to integrate formal and decent employment. Lary Brown, Vice President and Head of Global Social & Environmental Sustainability at ESPRIT stressed the need to mobilise collective action and provided an overview of the main outcomes of the business-led forum in Hamburg earlier this year.
Participants agreed that to bring about real and lasting positive change to the lives of Syrian refugees in Turkish supply chains, both collaboration and partnership across the board are critical. This issue is of high relevance on members’ agenda and FTA will continue to prioritise close interactions with partners.