Right to Organise
The company respects, safeguards, and does not interfere with workers’ freedom of association, of organising, forming or participating in formal or informal groups (including to collectively pursue their rights and/or engage with the government or the company on more equal terms), or their right to collective bargaining, including negotiating with their employer over the terms and conditions of employment.
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This guide will help you to understand freedom of association and the pivotal role it plays in fostering and maintaining sustainable development. The document outlines how respect for freedom of association can contribute to development outcomes by looking at the benefits it provides in four key areas: inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction; a positive business environment; crisis response; and democracy and governance. It also includes case studies that demonstrate the positive effect that freedom of association can have when governments, trade unions, and employers work together.
Informed by decisions from over 3,200 cases related to freedom of association and the protection of trade union rights, this compilation from the Committee on Freedom of Association will help you to understand the rights and civil liberties of employers' organisations and unions; the rights of workers to establish and join organisations, without authorisation and of their own choosing; to draw up their own rules and elect their own representatives; to engage in collective bargaining and strikes; and more.
This guide from the Ethical Trading Initiative may help you to identify and understand the impacts of your operations on freedom of association. It features a six-step "quick start" guide to supporting freedom of association: setting the policy; exercising due diligence; establishing the current situation; developing and implementing the action plan; monitoring; and pursuing continuous improvement. It also features a sample policy commitment and a supplier self-assessment for freedom of association to help you get started.
This report from the Shift Project and FNV Mondiaal provides practical ideas and tools for improving labour conditions in your value chain. It focuses on credibly addressing the fundamental rights of freedom of association and collective bargaining – jointly referred to as union rights. It includes a tool to identify trade union rights risk and includes recommended avenues to address specific risk factors. It also provides eight real world examples demonstrating how other companies have approached the issue. This guidance will be particularly useful to sustainability, procurement and supply chain management, and legal teams.