Decent work

The following social considerations concerning “decent work” could be relevant for procurement:This universally endorsed concept is based on the conviction that people have the right to productive employment in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. Four equally important and interdependent items make up the Decent Work Agenda: the right to productive and freely chosen work, fundamental principles and rights at work, employment providing a decent income and social protection and social dialogue. Gender equality and non-discrimination are considered cross-cutting issues on the Decent WorkAgenda. A number of issues can play an important role, such as: a)     compliance with core labour standards. The 8 basic conventions of the ILO are taken into account as criteria for socially responsible production (Act of 27e February 2002). These conventions can be seen as a framework to guarantee social responsibility. The 8 conventions contain especially the following aspects  -          freedom of association C. n°87 -          the right to organize and collective bargaining C. n°98 -          abolition of forced labour C. n°29 et 105 -          ban on discrimination and guarantee of equal remuneration C. n°100 en 111 -          minimum age of child labour C. n°138 -          ban on worst forms of child labour C. n°182  The "ILO declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work" states that the member states have the duty to respect these principles, regardless of whether they have ratified these conventions or not. Enterprises should take care that their activities not violate these principles. b)    decent pay;c)     occupational health and safety;d)    social dialogue;e)     access to training;f)     gender equality and non-discrimination;g)    access to basic social protection.  Read more >>