in THAILAND Siriwan Romchatthong Secretary General, the Employers’ Confederation of Thailand
Employers’ Confederation of Thailand ECOT • Established in 1976 under Section 119 of the Labour Relations Act 1975 • Official member of International Organization of Employers (IOE) and official delegate as Thailand’s employer representative at the International Labor Conference over 15 years • Member of ASEAN Confederation of Employers (ACE) and Confederation of Asia-Pacific Employers (CAPE) • Presidency of ACE (2007 – 2009) Employers’ True Voice of Thai Employers
ECOT Mission • Promote good labor relations on a tripartite basis • Provide employment best practices through technical trainings, workshops or seminars • Represent the interest of Thai employers at the national and international labor forums • Serve as the center for sharing of information and experience (http://www.ecot.or.th) Employers’
HUMAN RIGHTS ENVIRONMENT LABOUR STANDARDS EN ROUTE TO THAILAND
Human Rights Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses. Labour Standards Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining; Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour; Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. Environment Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges; Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies. Anti-Corruption Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
Tri-partisan Wheels of Globalization Dr. SurinPitsuwan Secretary General of ASEAN A membership in the world commission of the social dimension of the globalization GLOBAL “Consciousness” AWARENESS INTERDEPENDENCY among global communities GLOBAL COMPACT -- one of the best UN efforts WAKE of Globalization on every of us-- shoulders Government + Employers + Employees are WHEELS OF GLOBALIZATION Make the world more “livable” --combining potentiality, energy, force
GLOBAL COMPACT • GLOBAL CONSCIOUSNESS • emerging trend around the world • Globalization is the THREAT for the UNREADY • REVISIT THE COLONIALISM • …fail to reach every inches of the world • but GLOBALIZATION (Technology) can • …and none can be spared in totality • FAILURE to prepare -- • the tripartite and all alike -- under the THREATS Globalization & Why GC??
GLOBAL COMPACT--- DAWNING ERA • Enlightening Globalization with Conscience, • HUMAN FACE, CARE and RESPONSIBILITY • COMPASSIONATE, FAIR AND CARING • GLOBAL COMPACT -- one of the best UN efforts • Make the world more “livable” • --combining potentiality, energy, force Why GC??
Employers’ Confederation of Thailand: ECOT WHY RESPONDS ? ECOT MEETING THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC NEEDS OF THE WORLD PEOPLE HUMAN RESOURCE AND ENVIRONMENT ARE CRITICAL FACTORS FOR THE PRODUCTIVITY COMMON BENEFITS AND SHARED CONCERN BETWEEN WORKERS & EMPLOYERS NOT THE CODE OF CONDUCT OR RULES, NO MECHANISM TO TRANSFER THOSE GOVERNMENT OBLIGATION ONTO EMPLOYERS
PROVIDING INFORMATION NETWORKING ALLIANCE ENABLING AND EXPANDING VIRTUOUS BUSINESS PARTNERS FOR PROGRESS ECOT ROLES TRIPARTITE PROMOTION SUPPORT MIGRANT GENDER DISABILITY SOCIAL SECURITY SAFETY NET HIV OSH CHILD LABOUR MAINSTREAMING
Employers’ Confederation of Thailand: ECOT Common Survival FIRST STEP by UN HQ through UNDP Then, ILO and MORE. . .
Joint Activities of UN (NewYork) UNDP, and ECOT A workshop held at the UN Conference in Bangkok featuring UN Secretary General’s initiatives by the UN team from New York(Nov 27,01)
RESOURCE PERSON FROM UN NEW YORK Key corporate CEOs from 25 leading multinational enterprises in Thailand shared views on how best to respond to the 9 principles of the Global Compact
SITUATION MAPPING • EMPLOYERS’ RESPONSES • Standpoint : WHY RESPONDS • Roles/Scope of Responsibilities: HOW BEST TO ADDRESS THIS • Existing activities / Networks • INCENTIVES • HINDRANCES • Employers • Individual • Association Where are we on the continuum Adversity Neutral Support Negative Zero Positive
Memorandum of Agreement UNDP & ECOT Mr. J. K Robert England, UNDP Mr. Anantachai Kunanantakul, ECOT President
etc…… UNIVERSAL PRINCIPLES HUMAN RIGHTS Case Study- ILO UNIVERSAL IDEAL ENVIRONMENT ILO Training Workshop UNIVERSAL PRACTICES LABOUR STANDARDS 22 May 01- Memorandum of Agreement ECOT &UNDP 27 March, 2000 1st national Workshop on GC ENROUTE TO THAILAND PARTNERS FOR PROGRESS COMMON PATH TO COMMON GOAL
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY QUALITY WORK LIFE IDENTIFYING & DOCUMENTINGGood Practices / Collaborative Corporations GC --Curriculum Mainstreaming AS FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERSSTUDENT’S VOLUNTARY PARTICIPATIONLEARNING BY DOINGFIELD STUDY/SURVEY OF GOOD PRACTICES
ECOT Partner for Progress • NIDA has been the first academic institution in Thailand joining hands with ECOT to launch UN Global Compact principles and initiatives in 2002. Major activities included seminars and workshops with ECOT, employers, business partners, and civil society to enhance understanding, commitment, and concrete actions of GC principles. • NIDA MBA Program offers its students the knowledge of corporate citizenship and global compact principles as a part of the core course (BA 610). Students have worked on an assigned project of Global Compact companies analyzing significant contributions of the companies to the Principles. • NIDA MBA Program has included Global Compact Principles in many external training programs for public and private companies. Led by Associate Prof. Dr. Maneewan Chat-uthai, ECOT Academic Adviser, has been disseminating the GC concepts to her MBA students and also at the public training courses. Photo shows the lecture course for Toyota Motor Thailand Co., Ltd.
THE GLOBAL COMPACT - GC INTRODUCTION The Nine Principles of the Global Compact What is GC? Maximize business Opportunity Why GC? Statement of Support, Sharing experiences & Learning, Dialogue, Building relationship with other Org. Existing How to get involved How GC commenced in other Informing stakeholder Incorporating the GC principles into the company’s mission statement Samples Good Practices Concrete Example of progress, Lesson Learned Awareness Raising, Alliance building Widespread Initiatives/Venues Activities for Participant
REGIONAL WORKSHOP UDONTHANI INFORMATION GIVING APPRECIATION APPLICABLE , SUGGEST GC IN YOUR CONTEXT BRAINSTORMING HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED ACTIVITIES DESIGNED WIDESPREAD
ECOT encourages its member companies to express good will and support the UN initiative on Global Compact. A letter to UN Secretary General is a good start! Letter to UN Secretary General
Key Players WorkerCustomerEmployer
Anchor Act on and adhere to CSR Advocate Believe in, join hands, and expand the alliance Aware Enhance understanding of CSR Concept, Applications, Impact Corporate Social Responsibility “Good company for every one” ECOT Triple A HOW
Clusters that work more closely ECOT Government International Organizations Academic Research Network Constructive Dialogue NGO Social Partners Labour Employees Consumers Community Clusters that work more closely CSR Multi-Stakeholders
Take lead roles in promoting, enforcing and mainstreaming CSR as national agenda. Take lead roles in advocating CSR in the bilateral and multilateral level, disseminating and exchanging information on CSR movement and global trading requirements. ECOT initiatives and activities include: Building alliance of good employers; National recognition of ‘Good Employers’ and ‘Good CSR company’; conducting, business dialogues with international and national stakeholders; organizing CSR training and workshop; wired CSR updates; and promoting and administering CSR as trademark of quality throughout the supply chain --‘Supply Chain Purifier’ Multi-stakeholders analysis: Influence and Interaction Business Performance/Activities Forum of advocates and dissemination of CSR good practices NGOs as social partners providing legal advice and assistance to the affected consumers. Recent joint activities with consumers are increasing. Consumers aware of their rights and channels to make their sound heard. Business enterprise conducts good business for its employees and customers. CSR is valued and steered business operations under the principles of fairness, accountability, transparency, participation and a balance of socio-economic cost-benefit Labour acts as a partner to voice the actual practice of CSR in an organization. They should be educated more on their rights and responsibility in the CSR issues.
Building corporate social responsibility alliances through Global Compact: An Activity-based case study of Thai companies Revised Version 3rdWeek of November 1st week of November Assess participating companies Collate and Prepare for Workshop Collect Result 2nd Week of August September-October 4th Week of November Attending Workshop I to formulate guidelines and research tools Implementation Activity 1 Activity 2 ----- Share experience and lessons learned Workshop II Technical Assistance provided by ECOT 3rd Week of August 30 November Disseminate guideline for implementation Final Report Dissemination Thailand’s showcase 4th Week of August Communicate work plan Phase 3: Final Workshop Phase 1: Introductory Workshop Phase 2: Implementation
1st week of November Collect Result September-October Implementation Activity 1 Activity 2 ----- Technical Assistance provided by ECOT Contact Person: Address: Tel: E-mail: 4th Week of August Communicate work plan
E S G ECOT Future Work • ECOT will work together with UNPRI partners • to promote the implementation of the Principles. • Support the development of tools for benchmarking ESG(Environmental, Social and Governance) integration • Support regulatory or policy developments that enable implementation of the Principles • Support/participate in networks and information platforms to share tools, pool resources, and activities as a source of learning • Collectively address relevant emerging issues, especially in the labor sector • Communicate ESG expectations to employers • Develop or support appropriate collaborative initiatives to enhance understanding of ESG implementations
Why, What & How of Responsible ?