ABOUT THE SUSTAINABLE AND RESILIENT ENTERPRISES PLATFORM
With more of the world’s vulnerable and poor living in states now deemed “fragile”, development actors and agencies are presented with a major challenge in delivering programmatic assistance to these fragile zones, in a manner that is both impactful and enduring. Our approach is to counter these issues by providing a repository of tools, technical assistance, and training material.
In fragile and conflict-affected States […] poverty rates are generally 21 percentage points higher than in other States. […] The threat that their condition poses to the prosperity of others is one compelling reason why the ILO should give priority to them.
INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANIZATION
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The Bureau for Employers' Activities of the ILO (ACT/EMP) is a specialized unit within the ILO Secretariat. Its task is to maintain close and direct relations with employers' and business membership organizations (EBMOs) in member States, to make the ILO's resources available to them and to keep the ILO constantly aware of their views, concerns and priorities. Our technical programmes have been in operation with EBMOs in all regions for over 40 years. Our experience shows that collective action – be it by workers or enterprises – can produce significant results. This principle of collective action through institutions underwrites our approach. We have developed a close and relationship, over decades, with these institutions and are a trusted partner. Additionally we have strong relationships with EBMOs in developed economies and work with the large multinational enterprises through these institutions. For more information, please visit ILO.ORG.
The Enterprise Department of the ILO works on private sector development strategies, with a view to strengthening enterprises, business relationships and services, market structures, and the business environment so that create more and better jobs.
The platform is built around three core principles:
MULTI-PARTNER NETWORK OF NETWORKS
SUSTAINABLE AND RESILIENT
The tools on the platform are targeted at employers and business membership organizations. It consists of a range of products that enable them to:
- Prepare their businesses for natural hazards and disasters,
- Ensure their commercial viability if a hazard strikes
- Install the necessary protections for workers in conflict and disaster situations;
- Maintain and manage their businesses in conflict-afflicted zones
- Create a safe and inclusive working environment for workers.
What’s in the Resilience Toolkits?
There are three main sections to the Disaster Resilience and Conflict Resilience Toolkits.
Easy to use level tools to assist enterprises identify risk and vulnerabilities to their business and their workers and then in managing and minimizing those risks and vulnerabilities.
In depth and detailed tools and guides to assist employers and business membership organisation (EBMOs) in identifying the main issues or problems faced by the private sector (e.g. road closure, ports disrupted, arbitrary taxes levied .etc), as well as strategies on how to effect positive outcomes and change.
Extensive training materials that EBMOS can run and use with enterprises to support resilience along with checklists, guides and case studies.