As part of the Shobola Project, amfori’s Women Empowerment Project in Bangladesh, amfori has developed a handbook on how to implement social dialogue on gender equality and women’s empowerment in the readymade garment (RMG) sector in Bangladesh.
As well as international and legal requirements, the handbook outlines business benefits of social dialogues on gender equality. This will help management understand the value of proactively engaging workers in a structured dialogue, specifically on the topic of gender equality.
In addition, it provides a step-by-step guide on how to practically implement bipartite social dialogues on topics related to gender equality and women’s empowerment.
A series of case studies illustrates the positive impact social dialogues can have on women’s empowerment and ultimately on companies’ triple bottom line.
Together with our project partners CSR Centre and DBL Group, amfori will organise six social dialogues at the participating production facilities in Dhaka and Chittagong in the coming months. The social dialogues aim to discuss and improve the Gender Action Plans that the project participants have developed in response to the baseline assessment that was carried out in 2019.
According to the ILO, discrimination and unequal treatment at the workplace leads to low motivation at work and translates into lower productivity. In contrast, companies with the highest gender diversity on their executive team, where women are consulted and able to participate in the decision-making process, are found to be 21% more likely to have an above-average rate of profitability.