214 million people are in employment but are unable to escape extreme poverty – they and their families live on less than US$1.90 per person per day in purchasing power parity (PPP) terms


The jobs gap for women is 15.0 per cent, compared with 10.5 per cent for men


Around 180 million children in the world were in child labour, most of them working in agriculture with the around 28 million people in forced labour


Poor Health and unsafe practices result in an estimated 2.2 million people, worldwide, dying every year as a result of work-related ill-health, disease and injury

Guiding Principle

These are the seven key practice areas that were co-created with intermediaries during the development of this toolkit. Intermediaries can decide which strategy they may consider as minimum practices and apply/adapt in their portfolio depending on the size and formality of supported enterprises. While the strategies present an ideal situation, in many cases, intermediaries may not use the strategies to exclude, but as steps towards supporting the SGBs to appreciate and adopt the key safe and fair work practices.

Minimum Practices

Alignment with Programme and Exclusion Criteria

This includes the basic requirements that would allow admission or inclusion of an SGB into and intermediary’s support program(s)...

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Compliance to legal regulations

This includes subscriptions to pre-requisite permits, licenses, and certifications as required by governing law in a specific...

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Safety at Work

Primarily physical, chemical and biological considerations within the workplace including fire safety, free of bio-chemical, and auditory hazards...

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Mental Wellbeing

Includes actions that support employee’s mental health and psychological wellbeing. Mentally healthy work is work where risks to people’s mental...

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Policies and Procedures

Policies and procedures go hand-in-hand but are not interchangeable...

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Fair Work Practices

SGBs need to be committed to fair employment and treatment, as a...

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Sector Specific Standards

Every sector has specific requirements that need to be adhered to, to either protect the consumers, or provide an enabling environment for the enterprises to compete fairly...

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