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With the complexity, diversity, and fragmented nature of global supply chains, challenges remain that continue to impede on decent work. As such, consumer, investor, and multinational corporations products must be produced with respect for international labour standards. "Harnessing Globalization" and "Trade for All" highlight the role of the private sector in reinforcing diligence on labour standards across the production chain.

Similar to their Filipino counterparts, multinational companies are finding themselves in more open positions in which scrutiny and cross-examination are prevalent. How a company operates, with whom and under what conditions it operates are factors that increasingly form part of consumer awareness. Applying core labour standards also makes good business sense as it increases productivity and reduces the real costs of contracting workers.

Topics for discussion will include:

  • Best practice of implementation of core labour standards in global value chains in the Philippines;
  • Benefits of core labour standards for business and trade;
  • Relevance of integrated audits and reporting for company's long-term sustainability.


  1. Discuss the impact of core labour standards on business;
  2. Promote sustainable trade and encourage compliance to core labour standards among value chains;
  3. Promote best practice of core labour standards being integrated into business models for industry players and SMEs.

Jun 5, 2018

1 PM - 5 PM

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  • 1 PM - 1:30 PMRegistration
    1:30 PM - 1:50 PMOpening Session
    Welcome Remarks from the EU Delegation in Manila by  H.E Franz Jessen
    Message of Support from the
    International Labour Organization by ILO Country Office Director Khalid Hassan
    Message of Support from
    ECCP President Guenter Taus
    Message of Support from the Philippine Government
    1:50 PM - 2:30 PMPanel Discussion: Core Labour Standards and Trade between the EU and the Philippines
    2:30 PM - 2:35 PMPresentation of Tripartite Manifesto of Commitment and Collective Effort to Sustain and Further Improvement in the Application of the Principles of Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
    2:35 PM - 2:40 PMTrade and Values: EU perspective and policies
    2:40 PM - 3:20 PMPanel Discussion: Role of International Labour Standards in Trade: How does the implementation of core labour standards affect the cost of doing business?
    3:20 PM - 3:40 PMOpen Forum
    3:40 PM - 4:20 PMPanel Discussion: Challenges in Encouraging Implementation of Core Labour Standards and the Way Forward
    4:20 PM - 4:40 PMOpen Forum
    4:40 PM - 4:50 PMSynthesis, follow-up and closing


  • Franz Jessen (Head of the Delegation at Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines)

    Franz Jessen

    Head of the Delegation at Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines

  • Walter Van Hattum (Head of Economic and Trade Section at Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines)

    Walter Van Hattum

    Head of Economic and Trade Section at Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines

  • TA

    Tony Asper

    Federation of Free Workers

  • AD

    Atty. Arnie De Vera

  • KH

    Khalid Hassan

    Director of International Labour Organization

  • AN

    Alvin Naboya

    Regional Consultant at LO/FTF

  • PO

    Prof. Rene Ofreneo, PhD

  • AP

    Atty. Ranulfo Payos

    Vice President at Employers Confederation of the Philippines

  • Guenter Taus (Steering Committee Chairman at EPBN)

    Guenter Taus

    Steering Committee Chairman at EPBN


Standard Price ₱1,500
Door Price ₱1,900
Standard Price ₱1,900
Door Price ₱1,900