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Global Deal Webinar Series: Social dialogue - A key pillar of due diligence – 22 June 2021


9 June 2021 - The Global Deal 2021 webinar series examines how social dialogue can be used as a tool to deal with challenges in global supply chains, promote a gender-responsive recovery, and contribute to due diligence.


The third and final webinar of spring 2021, “Social dialogue: A key pillar of due diligence”, took place on Tuesday, 22 June 2021. In this webinar, speakers discussed the relationship between due diligence and social dialogue. Stakeholder engagement in the form of social dialogue plays a key role in implementing effective due diligence for responsible business conduct, as it assists businesses in identifying and addressing potential adverse impacts that result from their operations or that occur through their supply chains and other business relationships. At the same time, due diligence can also strengthen social dialogue itself, as businesses need to ensure safeguards are in place that support respect for the right to organise and the right to bargain collectively – both representing key pillars of social dialogue. 


You can watch the full webinar here and download the presentations by Dorothy Lovell (OECD)Hester Janssens (Fairtrade), Charlotte Bernhard (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands)Ruwan Subasinghe (ITF) and Githa Roelans (ILO).




Welcome and introduction

Veronica Nilsson, Head of the Global Deal Support Unit


Promoting decent work worldwide: Key relevance of due diligence and its links to social dialogue

Evelyne Pichot, Team Leader ILO Relations, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission


Social dialogue and due diligence for responsible business conduct

Dorothy Lovell, Policy and Research Advisor, Centre for Responsible Business Conduct, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, OECD


Making Human Rights Due Diligence Work

Hester Janssens, Policy and Advocacy Officer at Fairtrade Netherlands


Sectoral RBC-agreements in the Netherlands: What lessons for due diligence?

Charlotte Bernhard, Senior Policy Advisor at the Directorate for Economic Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Human rights due diligence in the transport sector

Ruwan Subasinghe, Legal Director, International Transport Workers’ Federation


The central role of social dialogue in due diligence: The ILO MNE Declaration

Githa Roelans, Head of the Multinational Enterprises and Enterprise Engagement Unit of Enterprises Department, International Labour Organization

15:40-16:00 Discussion and concluding remarks


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