Publications

Some of our reports and articles spanning our work on labour, human rights and gender

Investing in women's employment
Investing in women's employment

A major 2013 report for IFC's WINVEST programme looking at the business case for investing on workplace policies and practices that encourage women's participation. The report was written by Kirsten Newitt.

Finding ways to measure the impact of trade deals on employment
Finding ways to measure the impact of trade deals on employment

In 2011, the European Commission published a major Ergon research report that explores how best to assess and monitor the impacts of trade on employment, with a special focus on the involvement of social partners.

Impact of codes of conduct
Impact of codes of conduct

Ergon were commissioned by the World Bank to research and write a background paper for the World Development Report 2013. The paper analyses the strengths and weaknesses and impact of codes of conduct and other private voluntary initiatives.

Decent work in cotton cultivation
Decent work in cotton cultivation

2013 review of the Better Cotton Initiative’s (BCI) activities to promote decent work in India, Mali and Pakistan. The study emphasises the considerable challenges in implementing improvements in working conditions among smallholder producers.

How does freedom of association contribute to development?
How does freedom of association contribute to development?

Published by the ILO Declaration department and launched at a seminar in South Africa in June 2011, the report identifies the ways in which strong independent worker and employer organisations contribute to the conditions that underpin economic progress.

Good practice on non-discrimination
Good practice on non-discrimination

Ergon have written a Good Practice Note on Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity for the International Finance Corporation, the Private Sector arm of the World Bank Group. The Good Practice Note is part of a new suite of guidance from IFC on labour issues to accompany the organisation's soon-to-be-implemented new policies on labour rights.