FTA and ILO Organise Round Table in Bangkok on Labour Conditions in Thailand’s Food and Fisheries Supply Chain

11-05-2016

On 26 May 2016, FTA in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Thailand will convene an event in Bangkok to discuss improving labour practices, including migration management, as Thailand endeavours to combat unacceptable forms of work in the Thai food and fisheries supply chain.

This Round Table is part of a project initiated by BSCI in 2015, when 19 BSCI participants sourcing in the food sector joined forces to promote better hiring practices in nine selected Thai business partners whom they source from, as a way to end “forced labour, human trafficking and labour exploitation” in their food supply chain. The event also builds on the three priorities commonly defined by the group of BSCI participants in January 2016:

  1. Promote that the full cost of recruitment is absorbed by the employer, in line with the Dhaka Declaration adopted by Thailand the 13 March 2013.
  2. Encourage long-lasting responsible business behaviour.
  3. Exchange good practices that may inspire improvements in social performance.

The ILO has been engaged in promoting decent work in several of Thailand’s supply chains for over a decade, most notably in the seafood processing and fisheries sectors. This joint event with its focus on enhancing the role of buyers in promoting decent work and complying with international labour standards in supply chains is relevant and timely for the ILO in Thailand and globally. It coincides with the recent launch of an EU and ILO funded project Combatting Unacceptable Forms of Work in the Thai Fishing and Seafood Industry with an emphasis on fostering private sector engagement. It also closely precedes two topically significant events for the ILO this June where the International Labour Conference will deliberate on “Decent Work in Global Supply Chains” and the world will mark the World Day Against Child Labour (12 June) with the theme End child labour in supply chains - It's everyone's business!”.

During the morning session, BSCI participants and their business partners who were part of the BSCI project, will have the opportunity to share experiences and define the way forward. The next session will add the views of different stakeholders as well as those present at the morning dialogue on practices that promote labour rights and improve working conditions in food and fisheries supply chains.
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To access the agenda please click here.

Contact: Anisha Rajapakse, Senior Manager – Stakeholder Engagement 

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