Some of our reports and articles spanning our work on labour, human rights and gender
Modern slavery: what are companies reporting?
The most comprehensive early analysis (May 2016) of how companies are starting to report under the Modern Slavery Act. Covers 240 Slavery and Human Trafficking statements.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.