EXTENDING DECENT WORK ALONG THE SUPPLY CHAIN

You can prevent and manage the risks of human rights abuse through your supply chain. We work in the field to design solutions and spread our expertise with the goal that everyone can make a respectable living from their work.

Human Resources Without Borders is an independent non governmental organisation, and since 2006 we partner with all stakeholders to achieve our mission.

UNDERSTAND

DECENT WORK

DECENT WORK

Low-skilled labour employment and subcontracting are particularly exposed to abusive work conditions, including forced labour and child labour.

DUE DILIGENCE

DUE DILIGENCE

Countries around the world are increasingly taking action by ratifying national laws and commercial treaties to combat modern slavery in supply chains.

ACTING IN THE FIELD

ACTING IN THE FIELD

Corporate principles and audits are not sufficient to tackle human rights abuses.
HRWB implements innovative approaches and designs scalable solutions to promote decent work and to end forced labour and child labour.

Business accountability

devoir de vigilance

Countries around the world are increasingly taking action by ratifying commercial treaties and national laws to combat modern slavery.

Whether in France or at the other end of the value chain, no company or organization is immune to risks. While some 100 large ordering companies are directly affected by the law, each organization may also be affected as a subcontractor, supplier or subsidiary.

According to French law, the principle of the duty of vigilance, also communicated in international guidelines and reference texts for companies, is reflected in the obligation to publish and implement a vigilance plan to prevent and remedy social and environmental risks in its own activities, and also in those of its subsidiaries, subcontractors and suppliers.

PREVENT

By Risk Mapping

To prevent risks, we provide companies with maps to analyse the risks of forced and child labour in each country.

  • Country risks and stakeholders
  • Minimum wages
  • Migration costs taken on by workers
  • Responsible agencies

REMEDY

Pilot project in China: good reasons to believe that change is possible

HRWB has designed a CSR project in partnership with a French client and its subcontractor in China, Polyunion. After two years of complete immersion of HRWB in this Chinese company, in compliance with the client's CSR policies and the supplier's culture, the results speak for themselves :

• Significant and sustainable reduction in overtime,
• Reduction in turnover rate from 100% to 5%,
• Improvement in quality of work and productivity.

This project is proof that an improvement in human rights and working conditions in China is possible, without affecting product quality and productivity.

Bronze medal, in the "Business Innovation" category at the 10th edition of the Purchasing Trophy.

The ATLAS - AFMI CCMP Prize for the best case of International Management 2015.

HRWB's action for fair recruitment, a major challenge in Asia

In many Asian countries, migrants represent a significant share of workers (34% in Singapore, 25 to 35% in Malaysia...). All these workers are in a situation of dependence on labour recruiters themselves at the heart of forced labour phenomena in Asia. To address this issue, HRWB, in concordance with the General Principles and Operational Guidelines on Fair Recruitment , is launching a project in partnership with contracting companies, suppliers, local actors and the International Trade Union Confederation, following initial field missions. The objectives :

  • To identify, evaluate, map and promote, among ordering companies and subcontractors, labour recruiters who respect the general principles of fair recruitment;
  • To strengthen workers' capacities to make them less vulnerable and less dependent on labour recruiters and employers.

A concrete and essential project for the advancement of responsible recruitment on the field.

ACT WITH US

Our values, our approach

Refuse

Partner with HRWB to prevent and manage human rights abuse in the supply chain

Understand

Contribute to our research projects, our tools and methodologies development

Act

Help us make your supply chain ethical

RHSF advocates a pragmatic and innovative approach that prefers :

  • Questioning over a given judgment,
  • Dialogue over intervention without knowledge and consensus,
  • Support over substitution.

One action on several SDGs

When you act for decent work along your supply chain, you answer the call for action of the United Nations and contribute to achieve its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an action plan until 2030, aimed at eradicating poverty, protecting the planet and enabling everyone to live in peace and prosperity. Through your sponsorship, you are contributing to Agenda 2030 by working alongside HRWB on the following SDGs:

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Your contribution

SPONSOR US

Contribute to our research projects, our tools and methodologies development, and to our raising-awareness campaigns.

How your corporate foundation or CSR department can contribute to our Endowment Fund :

ENGAGE WITH US

Set or improve your ethical practices along your supply chain.

How we can work together on preventing and managing indecent work conditions:

THEY TRUST US

Pierre-François Thaler
EcoVadis Co-Founder & CO-CEO

We are very happy to be involved with HRWB. The exchange of information with them will help to further identify human rights issues, in particular child labour and modern slavery. It is very important for our teams to be able to exchange regularly with experts, in order to remain alert. But let us remember that the success of these actions requires a commitment from companies and their subcontractors so that there are no more abusive conditions in the subcontracting chain.

François Delattre
Ambassador of France to the United Nations

It is always a great honour to support HRWB and its founder Martine Combemale [...]. With her NGO, she is doing an enormous amount of work with the ultimate objective of respecting human rights for all, without discrimination, and especially for the most vulnerable. Her weapons are listening to understand and determination to act.

M.Li
Managing Director of Polyunion (China)

We started working with HRWB thanks to our client who helped us to implement a CSR policy in our company. We then decided to work directly with HRWB, who led us to better understand our employees and also listened to us, helping us to achieve our CSR objectives.

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