Ensuring fair labour and working conditions is a sustainability issue that events should consider both in their immediate event workforce and that of the supply chain. The event should not be complicit in unfair labour practices through procurement choices.
Consider these points:
- The event should not restrict or limit the ability for all staff, performers, or supply chain to be involved in labour unions or other collective bargaining groups.
- The event should play its part in eliminating all forms of forced, compulsory, or child labour in its supply chain through the procurement decisions it makes.
- The event should play its part in ensuring discrimination is eliminated both through its own employment policy, that of sub-contractors and through the supply chain/procurement choices made.
These points are sourced from the United Nations Global Compact labour principles:
Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and
Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Procurement choices can be scrutinised through checking for various labour rights labels. You can find these here.