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Call for Suppliers: Brazil Worker Engagement Program

SAI invites São Paulo factories to join the Worker Engagement Program to improve health and safety systems implementation

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Over the past decade, it has become clear that workplace mprovement requires management systems and effective ways to engage teams in tackling specific problems are needed. 

Millions of accidents occur every year in workplaces, taking a toll on workers, their families and the community. Occupational health and safety issues can be devastating to business, resulting in an enormous loss of productivity and reputational damage, yet they are some of the easiest issues to prevent. It is critical for workplaces to be in tune with its social performance, in order to move forward as a global competitor in their industry and meet customer expectations.

Established October 2012, SAI's Worker Engagement Program aims to improve health and safety in workplaces of companies in the São Paulo region. This program is designed to help supplier factories enhance its health and safety systems to better meet international labor standards.

The program will work with groups of companies to set 100-day goals towards improving a specific health and safety issue. It will utilize the award-winning Rapid Results Institute (RRI) methodology for change management to set and achieve goals through team building. It will also leverage cutting-edge mobile technology to help support internal communications during the process.

Delivered in partnership with RRI, the program will: 

  1. Address root causes of health and safety issues
  2. Expand on your existing health and safety committees to form worker-manager Social Performance Teams
  3. Make measurable improvements in one specific health and safety issue in a 100-day Rapid Results project – a methodology that can be used for further achievements in other areas

Thanks to generous support from the Walt Disney Company, the partners will offer world-class training and cutting-edge technology at no cost. Additional program services will come from Good World Solutions' 'Labor Link' initiative and The Cahn Group, both of which have deep expertise in working with manufacturers around the world.

Application Process

Participating companies will be selected from applicants in a range of industries, company sizes and health and safety performance levels. Commitment of senior management will be factored into the final selection.

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The project will be organized into three groups of companies, starting in April 2013. Below is the tentative timeline of sample activities.

Program Benefits

  • Measurable Improvements – conduct a 100-day project to improve a specific health and safety challenge at your company
  • Increase Skills & Knowledge – learn world-class skills and knowledge related to management systems, team building and project management
  • Build Improvement Teams - worker/manager Internal Social Performance Team helps to build effective worker-manager communication channels and trust, which can then be used to tackle additional problems in a systematic and sustainable way
  • Increase Social Compliance - factories that are suppliers to multi-national companies will benefit by being better able to meet international labor codes
  • Improve Worker-Manager Communication – establish a trusted complaints management system as a preventative measure and early-warning system  

Your Commitment

As this program is offered at no cost, we ask for your commitment to the following:

  • Announce Senior Management Support for the project to all workers and employees at your company
  • Establish an Internal Social Performance Team (estimated team size is 5-9 people) that includes representatives from management and workers, and allow peer selection for worker representatives
  • Pay members of the Internal Social Performance Team their regular wages for the time spent in training and working on the program
  • Establish a complaint management system as a constructive tool for workers
  • Conduct a worker survey using the Labor Link mobile technology (included in program, no extra cost)
  • Pay cost of travel and accommodations for your team -three workshops at a location in central São Paulo.
    • 1st workshop - 3 days
    • 2nd workshop - 2 days
    • 3rd workshop – 2 days
  • Hold a town hall meeting at the end of the 100-day Rapid Results project involving all managers and workers
  • Willingness to support the team, allocate necessary resources and follow through on the improvement

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More Information

Please visit www.sa-intl.org/brazilworkerengagement, or view the program brochure in English or Portuguese for supplier factories. 

For more information, please contact SAI Senior Manager, Corporate Programs & Training Jane Hwang -JHwang@sa-intl.org, or SAI Brazil Representative Beat Grüninger - b.grueninger@bsd-net.com

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