Capacity Building Highlights
Since 2008, more than 50’000 people have participated in our training programs and courses
SAI BRAZIL WORKER ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM
In Brazil, BSD worked on behalf of SAI with factory workers and managers to implement 100-day Social Fingerprint Rapid Results projects to improve health and safety. This program was implemented in partnership with Rapid Results Institute (RRI), a leading non-profit organization that works with communities and organizations around the world to make meaningful change happen in 100 days. Social Fingerprint Rapid Results (SFRR), an integrated methodology developed by SAI and RRI, builds and coaches teams of peerselected workers and managers to develop and implement 100-day projects to achieve ambitious goals together.
The 100-day projects follow three key principles “Team, Goal, Process” and focused on effective improvements of Health and Safety conditions for workers.
During the project, 20 teams from Brazilian factories, composed equally of workers and managers, participated in the program. The goals set by the teams ranged from reducing workplace accidents and fire hazards, to creating effective grievance mechanisms that workers can utilize. Most teams have met or even exceeded their goals.
The results of such collaborative problem solving mean both workers and management maintain a vested interest throughout the process, with participants developing an understanding of the needs and concerns of the other. “When we talk about collective responsibilities and benefits, people really engage with purpose of the project,” said one participant. In total, 18 companies participated with a total of 180 managers and workers trained, and more than 18.000 workers to benefit from the improvements.
WORKING CONDITIONS AND CLEANER PRODUCTION IN CHINESE FACTORIES
This project in China has been running since 2008 and is being implemented by BSD Switzerland and China on behalf of a major German retailer and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). The focus is on the qualification of suppliers in China (ongoing) and Bangladesh (first phases) regarding working conditions and cleaner production. By the end of 2013, this ongoing project had provided management and worker training, capacity building activities and workshops, on-site visits and off-site support. Waste (energy, material, water, steam, etc) reduction has been achieved and continuous improvement is still being observed. The management team and over 45’000 workers - making up of 2/3 of all factory workers - are being trained on labor rights, CSR and Cleaner Production.
Some benefits observed to date include: improved productivity, reduced working hours, increased salaries, reduced Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) risks, increased coverage of social insurance for factory workers, saved energy consumption up to 10% per producer, reduced water consumption, reduced material usage, reduced steam waste, implemented quality management tools like 5S and lean management, enabled organizational change, implemented environmental management systems (EMS), improved management systems and capacity.
GRI CERTIFIED TRAININGS
BSD Consulting is a certified training partner of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in several territories, offering both in-house and open courses for company delegates. At the start of 2014, BSD trainers are certified to conduct GRI Trainings in:
- Hispanic Americas