Selected current and recent projects
Advancing employment opportunities for workers at the Base of the Pyramid (BOP)
Since July 2021, Ergon has been working with the IFC on pioneering new research on the role of the private sector in promoting the economic advancement of lower income and underserved workers and communities – those at the ‘base of the economic pyramid’ (or BOP) – in and through employment. The research focuses on emerging best practices from companies and investors that demonstrably contribute to better jobs and livelihood outcomes for ‘BOP’ workers – in ways that also create value for firms. The research includes the development of 15 company case studies highlighting innovative company practices that will contribute to a new flagship report, for publication later in 2022. For more information, please contact Sam Kelly.
Recruitment toolkit for employers
We are working with IOM IRIS to develop an ethical recruitment toolkit for employers. The toolkit will provide small and medium sized employers with the guidance and tools that they need to recruit and employ migrant workers responsibly. This will bring together an extensive and growing body of guidance, tools and good practice on the topic, whilst also contributing additional new materials. This work is being led by Matt Waller and Sarah McLeish.
Human rights due diligence: risk and impact assessments
We are seeing unprecedented demand for our services supporting human rights due diligence whether in supply chains, operations or project contexts. We have just completed our updated Forced Labour Index for Sedex covering more than 240 countries and territories and the largest four supply chain sectors (agriculture, food processing, manufacturing and logistics). The Index forms part of the Sedex Radar supply chain risk assessment tool. Contact Anya Marcelis for more information.
We completed three energy sector human rights impact assessments (HRIAs) during the last quarter (in Angola, Oman and Albania), involving baseline research, stakeholder engagement, impact scoring and mitigation action planning. We are in the process of delivering further food supply chain HRIAs in Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Chile. Please contact Steve Gibbons or Stuart Bell for more.
Since October 2021, Ergon has been working with IDH to provide support on the IDH Living Wage framework for action. This has focused on practical actions that buyers and producers can take to close the Living Wage gap in supply chains, in relation to Step 4 (‘Close the Gap’) of the IDH Living Wage Roadmap. More information is available from Brett Dodge or Alastair Usher.
Transactional support and investigations
We continue to provide specific support to a range of DFI and financial sector clients with both transaction support and specific issue investigations. These range from broad due diligence on key social and management systems issues in relation to investments in financial intermediaries, through to specific on the ground assessments of labour and human rights performance. Please contact Macduy Ngo if you would like to know more.
Sectoral grievance process
We have just started to work with a German sector initiative to map and support design of the implementation of their agreed human rights grievance mechanism in Mexico. We hope to be able to share more information about this innovative and important initiative over the coming months.