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Local Resources Network

Why should sourcing companies and local manufacturers and producers join us?

We’ll link you to the right people.

You’ll have access to a comprehensive database of local organisations in over 50 production countries, which have extensive expertise in improving working conditions and that will be able to assist you on the ground.

The local organisations and service providers in our rapidly growing network are engaged in work such as:

  • Human rights, social and environmental impact assessments and due diligence advisory services.
  • Freedom of association and collective bargaining and independent worker elections.
  • Remediation of child and forced labour.
  • Worker feedback and grievance mechanisms.
  • Human resource management focused on workers and worker-management dialogue.
  • Factory productivity and business improvements benefitting workers and the environment.
  • Stakeholder engagement and collaboration to address key labour rights risks and challenges
  • Academic and research projects.
  • Development projects and programmes.

You’ll also get country briefing papers providing background information and guidance on labour and human rights risks, local labour and human rights laws and policies, relevant guides and recent credible studies on ethical trade issues in the country, as well as examples of good practice that could help drive improvements for workers engaged in local and global supply chains

Why should local organisations join the LRN?

Do you share our vision of creating safe workplaces, decent working conditions and responsible business practices? Then you should apply to become a member of the LRN.

We’re looking for

  • International and country-based non-governmental organisations supporting workers’ rights and better working conditions.
  • Workers’ rights campaigning organisations.
  • Independent democratically elected trade unions and national trade union federations.
  • Local employers’ organisations.
  • Academic and policy institutions undertaking research and producing evidence on labour issues in global supply chains and who can support field-based research.
  • Consultancies and service providers that offer credible advisory and training services.

You’ll be able to provide support in any of the following ways

  • Human rights, social and environmental impact assessments and due diligence advisory services.
  • Freedom of association and collective bargaining and independent worker elections.
  • Remediation of child and forced labour.
  • Worker feedback and grievance mechanisms.
  • Human resource management focused on workers and worker-management dialogue.
  • Factory productivity and business improvements benefitting workers and the environment.
  • Facilitation and convening expertise on multi-stakeholder collaboration.
  • Academic and research projects.
  • Development projects and programmes.

The benefits to you

The LRN will give you influence, access and insight.

  • Provide advice and support to companies, international organisations and others working in global supply chains in need of local partners.
  • Join hubs of local networks and resources on ethical trade in different parts of the world.
  • Have access to our country briefing papers.
  • Source useful guidance and partners that can inform human rights due diligence in supply chains.

Join us

Complete the form to join the LRN and find out how membership can work for you.

Whether you’re a multi-national company, an established local manufacturer or start-up, trade union, employers’ association, service provider, research organisation or NGO, our network will bring you together to benefit both workers and business in a virtuous ethical circle.

Joint Ethical Trading Initiatives