RBA allocates $500,000 for direct worker-relief and longer-term CSO projects that support workers
Submitted by Responsible Business Alliance
ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 22, 2021 /CSRwire/ - The Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) today announced a worker fund that will distribute $500,000 over two phases: Phase 1 will immediately and directly assist foreign migrant workers who need urgent support due to negative impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic; and Phase 2 will support projects that create longer-term protections for vulnerable workers in international supply chains, including projects that address adverse impacts of the pandemic.
The first phase, providing direct assistance to workers, is currently underway and applications are being accepted for the second phase composed of longer-term projects proposed by civil society organizations with local operations in key regions.
The RBA has a long history of providing direct support to workers in supply chains, from efforts to reimburse recruitment fees, to enabling worker feedback through the RBA Voices app, to providing financial assistance that enables migrant workers to return to their home countries. The RBA has also partnered with many civil society organizations (CSOs), which are essential actors in the effort to improve supply chain labor and environmental practices.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profoundly negative impact on many workers, especially in regions that are key to RBA members,” said Rob Lederer, CEO of the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA). “To help support these workers, the RBA will immediately provide crucial assistance to workers while evaluating longer-term CSO in-region projects for funding.”
This fund will be disbursed in two phases:
Disbursements for Migrant Worker COVID-19 Relief Projects will begin immediately. CSO Project applications for Phase 2 will be accepted until October 15, 2021. More information about the fund, including FAQs and the application form, can be accessed on the RBA website or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Responsible Business Alliance
The Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) is a nonprofit coalition of leading companies dedicated to improving social, environmental and ethical conditions in their global supply chains. The RBA has a Code of Conduct and a wide range of programs, training and assessment tools to support continuous improvement. The organization has a global footprint, with offices in North America, Europe and Asia. The RBA and its Responsible Minerals, Labor and Factory Initiatives have more than 400 members with combined annual revenues of greater than $7.7 trillion, directly employing over 21.5 million people, with products manufactured in more than 120 countries. For more information, visit ResponsibleBusiness.org and follow @RBAllianceOrg.
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The Responsible Business Alliance is the world’s largest industry coalition dedicated to corporate social responsibility in global supply chains.
About the RBA
The Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) is a nonprofit coalition of leading companies dedicated to improving social, environmental and ethical conditions in their global supply chains. The RBA has a Code of Conduct and a range of programs, training and assessment tools to support continual improvement. The RBA and its Responsible Minerals, Labor and Factory Initiatives have more than 380 members with combined annual revenues of greater than $7.7 trillion, directly employing over 21.5 million people, with products manufactured in more than 120 countries.
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