FTA Partners with Thai Government to Improve Sustainability Performance

In September 2017, FTA partnered with the Ministry of Commerce of the Royal Government of Thailand for a 12-month project to improve the lives of workers and boost Thailand’s reputation as a responsible sourcing country.
The project is targeting 70 Thai producers to:
Promote the benefits of a business culture that incorporates responsible recruitment practices and diligent supply chain monitoring 
Raise awareness about the responsibility of Thai companies to prevent, detect and remediate negative human rights impacts in their supply chains
Develop local business leaders to inspire other companies to move towards more responsible recruitment practices and business relations
Strengthen trade relations between Thailand and export markets, particularly through FTA members  
Companies taking part in the project will increase their competitiveness by improving recruitment and employment practices through:
Top-level management workshops that give managers the skills to assess risks, initiate change and communicate the renewed strategy to the rest of the company
Middle-level management training sessions about how to conduct due diligence on recruiters and business partners, and how to establish effective workplace grievance mechanisms 
On-site visits that will support each company in developing and implementing the remediation plans drawn up after the different training sessions
Identifying the six best performing companies that will be granted special acknowledgement.

To take part in the project, FTA members can use the online expression of interest. 

The Evolution of BSCI’s Work in Thailand:
2017: BSCI’s ongoing work on responsible recruitment evolved into a collaborative project led by the Ministry of Commerce of Thailand. The partnership was officially launched at the FTA Multi-stakeholder Forum: Enhancing Social Performance in Thai Supply Chains, 21 September in Bangkok.
2016: BSCI and ILO held a roundtable in Bangkok, bringing together a wide range of stakeholders. A set of training sessions raised awareness on the issue and promoted the benefits of responsible recruitment practices to middle-management.
2015: Following reports of abuses against migrant workers in Thailand’s seafood and food industry, the Thai government stepped up efforts against human trafficking. BSCI engaged in promoting responsible recruitment within the supply chains of participating companies. 
2014: BSCI’s new Code of Conduct includes specific references to migrant workers, stating that they should be equally protected and that BSCI 2.0 will include recruitment agency mapping.
2013: A Finnwatch report described poor working conditions in several Thai companies that employ migrants and supply to the USA, EU and Australia, including BSCI participant companies.
BSCI and ILO held the first buyers meeting in Brussels to discuss potential importer and retailer collaboration to eradicate human rights violations.