On October, the Spanish Global Compact Network held a training session with 17 member companies to work on human rights from a crosscutting perspective on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). The session consisted of a practical workshop at the Adecco Foundation, where was explained how value chain management is fundamental to reduce human rights risks.
The event was presented by Francisco Mesonero, managing director of Adecco Foundation & CSR Iberian and Latin American Adecco, who stated that «dignity is at the heart of human rights, so respecting them is fundamental for companies», and Cristina Sánchez, deputy director of the Spanish Global Compact Network, who highlighted «the need for this kind of meeting and the fundamental role of companies in the promotion of the respect for human rights». She also urged companies to work in alliances to achieve a multiplier effect of the actions that make the 2030 Agenda a reality, as can be reflected in the data published in the new guide of the Spanish Network: «SDG year 3, A global alliance for the 2030 Agenda».
It has become into a necessity that the big company knows how to manage the supply chain from a human rights perspective, considering that 450 million people around the world work in supply chains and more than 80% of global trade is related to the value chains of multinational companies. This fact has been highlighted by Javier Molero, innovation and project technician of the Spanish Global Compact Network, who also pointed out that “companies must respect human rights wherever they operate and that, in addition to working with due diligence, it is also very important to take into account reparation mechanisms.”
The workshop included three keynote speeches. On the one hand, Endesa, represented by its director of CSR-Sustainability Planning & Stakeholders Engagement, Ángel Fraile, who has explained how human rights are managed and how they have been aligned with the ODS: «If we do not comply with human rights, we will not be able to comply with the Objectives of the 2030 Agenda″. On the other hand, Mikel Berraondo, human rights expert and director of social innovation at Zabala Innovation Consulting, pointed out, «the need for big business to control suppliers in order to avoid breaches of human rights». To conclude, the conference had some dynamics in which attendees could participate and in which the head of Sustainability of El Corte Inglés, Delia Garcia, gave examples of how to manage the supply chain in different countries.