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12 Jul 2016

Jean-Baptiste Andrieu, Aude Ucla & Michaela Lee, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)

Addressing Workers’ Rights in the Engineering and Construction Sector: Opportunities for Collaboration

BSR conducted research to assess the feasibility of setting up a collaborative initiative that would address challenges that engineering and construction companies face to uphold workers’ rights in their operations and subcontracting supply chains...[The] research is based on a review of recent literature as well as a series of interviews with representatives from engineering and construction companies and their clients, international organizations, and civil society organizations...The main findings...suggest that companies share many of the same challenges, including...limited oversight of subcontractors’ practices, which creates few incentives to improve working conditions.

The report makes a series of recommendations that provide a baseline for discussion between stakeholders and engineering and construction companies interested in setting up a collaborative initiative in the construction sector [refers to Aecom, Atkins, Bechtel, BP, Carillion, CH2M, Chevron, FIFA, Fluor, Jacobs, and Vinci].