Consciously Made in Ukraine (SVIDOMO MADE)

Consciously Made in Ukraine (SVIDOMO MADE)

Europe
LM.0415
UA10P0507
100,000
Ukraine
Labour Migration
National
Active

In Ukraine there is a growing demand for sustainably produced goods and services. However, the general understanding of “sustainability” usually is limited to the environmental impact of the production of material with human rights concerns, like ethical recruitment and countering labour exploitation, being consistently overlooked. At the same time, since 2014, over 70,000 Ukrainians were trapped in human trafficking situations both in Ukraine and abroad with forced labor as the prevailing form of exploitation.[1] In light of this context, the project will support Ukrainian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in combatting labour exploitation and providing informational resources about ethical recruitment, respect for human rights and viable alternatives to irregular labour migration. The project outcomes are expected to contribute to existing government efforts in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in the promotion of sustainable business environment, including through ethical recruitment and respect for labour rights and equal opportunities for men and women. It will also contribute to reinforce public-private partnerships in Ukraine on the field of counter-trafficking, particularly tackling the demand side of labour exploitation. Within the project, IOM will partner with the NGO Made in Ukraine, whose activities target over two million customers and 1200 SMEs on an annual basis aiming to promote Ukrainian manufacturers nationally and abroad, developing local business, responsible production and quality control. The project will work towards the achievement of two main outcomes: 1. specific modules for shared corporate sustainability standards related to ethical recruitment, respect for human rights and supply chain transparency, are elaborated using available international practice and national regulations and further shared with GoU; 2. SMEs use educational and networking platforms, online and in person, as well as information campaign materials, to strengthen their ethical recruitment practices and promote IDP/migrant entrepreneurship and sustainable production in Ukraine. The main project activities will be: providing expert support to NGO partners in their assessment of SMEs' adherence to corporate sustainability standards (using IOM international experience on corporate responsibility: CREST[2]) to identify the most successful local manufacturers; organize educational and capacity-building activities for local manufacturers; support the development of a B2B web-page; organize public presentations for local manufacturers, investors and authorities dealing with SMEs on women entrepreneurship development and investment promotion to show the added value of those SMEs who are committed to ethical recruitment, respect for human rights and providing alternatives to irregular labour migration as well as to facilitate access of SMEs, who are involved in IOM-led economic empowerment programmes, to investment opportunities; and organize an expansive information campaign to raise consumer awareness on ethical recruitment, respect for human rights and supply chain transparency and to showcase successful IDP and migrant-owned businesses that adhere to sustainability principles.

[1] http://iom.org.ua/sites/default/files/iom_regional_ct_survey_2019_eng_p…

[2] IOM's Corporate Responsibility in Eliminating Slavery and Trafficking (CREST) is a regional partnership initiative that aims to realize the potential of business to uphold the human and labour rights of migrant workers in their operations and supply chains.