Module 4
Whose responsibility?

The governance and partnership framework to prevent and address gender-based violence in global supply chains

Learning objective

At the end of the module, participants will be able to:

  • Understand who plays a role in preventing gender-based violence in the world of work.
  • Realize which international standards may be used to promote business compliance with human rights and combat violence in the world of work.
  • Appreciate the importance of social dialogue and partnerships.
  • Identify connections between global action and local action to prevent gender-based violence.

Module contents

Three briefings:

  • Briefing 4.1: Making the case: human rights, economic development and business arguments for eliminating gender-based violence in global supply chains
  • Briefing 4.2: The role of global instruments and frameworks on human rights and labour rights
  • Briefing 4.3: Introducing the partners who can play a role in preventing gender-based violence in global supply chains

Three case studies:

  • Case Study 4.1: Ethical Tea Partnership Standards
  • Case Study 4.2: US Fair Food Program and Code of Conduct – a new model for addressing sexual harassment on farms
  • Case Study 4.3: Challenging sexual harassment in the apparel supply chain through MSI action

Two learning activities:

  • Learning Activity 4.1: Whose responsibility?
  • Learning Activity 4.2: Working effectively in partnership
  • Learning Activity 4.3: Promoting decent workplaces – preventing violence

Target Audiences

This module will particularly interest representatives of:

  • Lead global companies (e.g. brands and supermarkets)
  • Multi-stakeholder initiatives and CSR stakeholders
  • Multi-lateral and national organizations
  • Employers’ organizations and trade unions at local, national and international level
  • Legal and government agencies
  • Trainers of managers and workers in factories and farms in global supply chains
  • Local trade unions and NGOs supporting worker education
  • International and local development programme planners.