Sivil Düşün Forum
Business and Human Rights (BHR)
Civil society gathering together in Ankara!
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Discussions at the workshops of the Forum
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ROLE OF CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS IN GUARANTEEING ACCESS TO REMEDY // BHR Resource Centre
Mauricio Lazala on his workshop:
“There are judicial and non-judicial avenues for victims of corporate abuses to pursue when seeking remedies for abuses. These can be both national or international. Extraterritoriality is a principle in the UN Guiding Principles, and Pillar III is all about access to remedy. The workshop will explore some of these remedies, from the point of view of civil society.”
UNPAID INTERNSHIP // Youth Organizations Forum (Go-For)
Go-For summarizes its workshop:
“Almost every young person does their internship at institutions related to their career goals. However, both the insufficiency of the legal regulations and the institutions turning the internship process into cheap labor; cause labor exploitation and social injustice. The advocacy actions throughout Europe which started with the “Unpaid is unfair” campaign have proven to be successful and the European Parliament has taken steps towards a solution for this problem. Within the framework of this workshop, the campaign process of the European Youth Forum will be described as a model and the formation of a common ground regarding this topic between the business world and the civil society representatives is aimed.”
CIVIL SOCIETY – BUSINESS COOPERATION IN TOURISM SECTOR // International Children’s Center (ICC)
ICC summarizes its workshop:
“’The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children in Tourism and for the Prevention of Violence against Children’ should be prepared and adopted by tourism establishments to strengthen a child-friendly, trustworthy sense of tourism and to create an awareness of children’s rights. However, based on the works conducted; it was found out that rights-based initiatives started by CSOs and the ‘profit/brand value oriented’ approach aren’t correlated with each other. In our workshop, the participants will be separated into 2 groups as ‘civil society representatives’ and ‘hotel workers’. Civil society representatives will prepare rights-based codes of conduct; whereas hotel workers will prepare ‘profit/brand value oriented’ codes of conduct. Afterwards the two groups will go over these codes of conduct together and prepare a common set of codes. One of the facilitators will aid ‘civil society representatives’, while the other facilitator will aid the ‘hotel workers’”.
PARENTHOOD, GENDER and BUSINESS // Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV)
Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV), supporting children and parents in need through education for 26 years, will focus on the role of men in gender equality in business. The workshop will explore the topic through its collaborative projects with private sector, including Empowerment of Women, and Gender Equality and Fatherhood.
HUMAN RIGHTS DUE DILIGENCE, WHAT WORKS? // UN Working Group on BHR
Dante Pesce on his workshop:
“I will describe the process of conducting human rights due diligence step by step. Will include the findings of the UN working group report to the UN general Assembly and the outcomes of the annual forum on business and human rights from November 2018. It will combine a description and interactive dialogue with attendants.”
THE SITUATION OF LGBTI+ IN THE EMPLOYMENT IN TURKEY // Kaos GL Association and The Gender and Women’s Studies Research Center at Kadir Has University
KAOS GL summarizes its workshop:
“The Researches under the title of: ‘Situation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Employees in Private Sector in Turkey’ carried out by KAOS GL Association have fulfilled their 5th year in 2019; whereas the researches under the title of: ‘Situation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Employees in Public Sector in Turkey’ have fulfilled their 3rd year. The Gender And Women’s Studies Research Center at Kadir Has University has been a part of this long-term project for the past 2 years. The projects are carried out with the idea that the repository formed by such a project stretched out over the years, will contribute both to an increase and a diversification for the academic studies in this field, and also contribute to the policies formed within the framework of advocacy and the fight for rights; and related strategies created by employers. When the findings of the researches are evaluated altogether, it is understood that the LGBTI individuals in Turkey follow a closure strategy to avoid facing discrimination in employment; and that this situation prevents LGBTI+ employees from benefiting from equal rights; and that it decreases their productivity and job satisfaction; and that it causes negative psychological and physical results. As a matter of fact; when the employees reveal their gender identity; the risk of them being exposed to discriminative statements, behaviors, implementations or hate speeches increases. Within this framework; both public and private sectors, institutions, employers, trade unions and civil society organisations have an important role to play in developing LGBTI+ inclusive employment policies.”
COULD THE PREVENTION OF CHILD LABOR BE LEFT TO THE COMPANIES? THE FERRERO EXAMPLE // Fikir ve Sanat Atölyesi Derneği (FİSA)
FİSA summarizes its workshop:
“In the workshop; the role and the responsibility of companies in the prevention of seasonal agricultural work which is prohibited as the worst form of child labor according to the ILO Conventions will be opened to discussion with the Ferrero example (the biggest hazelnut buyer from Turkey) and the agricultural production in the Black Sea region. The most essential question to be looked for an answer will be: ‘Could the workers’ rights, occupational health and the prevention of child labor, be really left to the companies?’”
THE ROLE OF PRIVATE SECTOR ON DEVELOPMENT AND EMPOWERMENT OF CIVIL SOCIETY // UNDP
The workshop will focus on how the relationship between private sector – an increasingly important actor in development – and civil society can be strengthened. The workshop will help develop recommendations for a potential private sector-civil society cooperation.
PRIVATE SECTOR PERSPECTIVES: GOOD PRACTICES // Çiğdem Çımrın, Banu Kököz (CCI), Murat Akkün (Inditex)
The abstract by workshop organizers:
“The session will include companies from different sectors conveying their good practices in BHR field and how they cooperate with civil society by providing real examples. In addition to good practices, the session will explore some of the challenges and opportunities that companies encountered towards ensuring socially responsible supply chains.Panelists will also discuss whether there is an added value in regulatory and policy reforms at national level and what methods can governments employ in engaging with business actors.”
DISABLED PERSONS AT WORK, DISCRIMINATION AND STEREOTYPES // Social Right And Research Association (TOHAD)
TOHAD summarizes its workshop:
“There are serious obstacles blocking the way of the participation of the persons with disabilities in the economic life in Turkey. These obstacles are caused by pre-employment problems such as access, education and also from employment and post-employment problems in the fields of right. Discrimination faced by disabled people in this process is the main focus of the problem. The problems of women with disabilities, refugees with disabilities, etc. of disabled persons with multi disadvantages are even at a higher level. In the upcoming workshop, how much persons with disabilities are benefiting from their employment rights will be reviewed, criticized with a human rights based approach and their problem sources will be analyzed. There will also be a presentation and a case-study accompanied with non-formal learning techniques.”
SOCIAL COMPLIANCE IN AGRICULTURE AND TEXTILE SUPPLY CHAINS // Fair Labor Association
Fair Labor Association summarizes its workshops:
“This workshop aims to define basic concepts such as social responsibility, social compliance, traceability in the supply chains; to promote actors active in this field and to review the latest tendencies in this field by focusing on the agriculture and the textile sectors.” *The private sector has started move with an increasing sense of corporate social responsibility and to prove that it is an important actor for development. Various methods are being tried in the fulfilment of responsibilities and the concept is becoming more meaningful. We are going to be meeting in this workshop to discuss this topic in depth and to develop recommendations to strengthen the relationship between the private sector and civil society.
LISTAG FRIENDS: BUSINESS WORLD AND LGBTI+EMPLOYMENT//LİSTAG and DoW, Nielsen TR
LISTAG summarizes its workshop:
“Companies which have been getting together within the ‘LISTAG Friends’ network with the call of LISTAG (Families and Friends of LGBTI) since the December of 2018, are carrying out works targeted at eliminating discrimination against LGBTI+ and at increasing LGBTI+ employment. In this workshop which will be conducted with the participation of LISTAG and 3 companies from the network, works carried until now will be presented, policies and implementations to increase LGBTI+ employment in the business world will be underlined.”