Worker wellbeing: a right or a privilege?

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A free Ethical Insights event hosted by the Ethical Trading Institute.


WHERE: Ethical Trading Initiative – 8 Coldbath Square, London, EC1R 5HL 


Wellbeing is seen as an important part of a flourishing society. It is associated with feeling happy, healthy and valued.  But what does this mean for workers in global supply chains? How much does worker wellbeing matter to the companies that employ them and benefit from their labour?

Wellbeing is measured and monitored globally, in communities and workplaces. There is clear evidence that happy workers contribute to better company performance and increased productivity, but how much do we know what creates a sense of happiness and wellbeing among workers?

What can we learn about companies that invest in workers’ wellbeing, and what do workers themselves think about these? Some would argue that companies should focus on ensuring that workers can access their rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining. That way they will have voice, choice and control over their own pay and working conditions and will be able to take care of their own sense of well-being.

What is the relationship between ethical trade and well-being?

The event will explore approaches to wellbeing and demonstrate best practice examples. Come ready for a challenging debate and discussion over breakfast.


Michael Weatherhead, International Director, NEF Consultingsm-Michael_Weatherhead_web

As an organisational development practitioner, Michael has both developed and delivered tools and processes such as the Happiness at Work survey and Well-Supplied. His ambition is to bring wellbeing into the heart of business conversations and decision-making, as well as taking it into government policy.  He has brought an understanding and use of wellbeing in decision making into organisations as diverse as the UK National Health Service (NHS), Woolworths, Timberland and Shelter. He recently led a successful pilot of the Well Supplied programme within a biscuit factory in Cape Town, a supplier of Woolworths.

Emily Scott, Private Sector Engagement Team Leader, CARE International UK

CARE International UK provides specific expertise in the areas of women’s economic empowerment, inclusive governance, humanitarian response and engaging with the private sector. Emily will share insights from CARE International’s initiatives associated with worker well-being.

Dave Eva, Union Learning Fund Manager, Trades Union Congress

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) represents more than 5.8 million workers in 52 unions. Dave will talk about TUC’s perspective on worker well-being and will set out some of the challenges involved in ensuring companies respect workers’ rights, rather than merely providing perks.



About Ethical Insights

The Ethical Trading Initiative‘s Ethical Insights events create a safe, open space to air challenges, share ideas and learn from one another. At the end of each session, there is a 10-minute ‘open mike’ for you to share news and propose ideas for future topics.

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that promotes respect for workers’ rights around the globe.