Millions of women homeworkers are working in the global supply chains of apparel, footwear and homeware brands.
Their informal employment, in dispersed sub-contract chains beyond the factory, out of sight of auditors and inspectors, combined with weak protections in national labour laws, leaves them at risk of exploitation and abuse. Homeworkers’ pay rates are often very low and they cannot claim sick pay, maternity or holiday leave and social protection enjoyed by regular factory workers. Yet homeworkers are rarely identified in social audits and remain hidden to the companies whose products they are making.
We would like to invite you to a meeting to discuss what actions companies can take, in collaboration with civil society, to carry out due diligence to identify potentially hidden homeworkers in their supply chains, and in due course gain visibility over the presence of homeworkers and traction over their working conditions.
Kratika Choubey, Associate Manager – Business and Human Right, Transform Trade India
Kohila Senbagam, Project Coordinator – Leather Sector, Cividep India
Sophie Preisig, Sustainability Manager, Monsoon
Peter Williams, Policy Lead for HWW, HomeWorkers Worldwide
Margrete Eilertsen, Senior Advisor, Ethical Trade Norway
This webinar is arranged in collaboration with Ethical Trade Norway.