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RBA Worker-Relief Fund

to Support Supply Chain Workers Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) has established Project Uplift: A Worker-Relief Fund, which will distribute $500,000 over two phases: Phase 1 will immediately and directly assist foreign migrant workers who need urgent support due to negative impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic; and Phase 2 will support projects that create longer-term protections for vulnerable workers in international supply chains, including projects that address adverse impacts of the pandemic.

The first phase is already underway and applications are being accepted now for the second phase composed of longer-term projects proposed by civil society organizations (CSOs) with local operations in key regions. Funds will be distributed as soon as applications are approved, until they are depleted, so we encourage early submissions. The application process will remain open until October 15, 2021.

  • Phase 1: Migrant Worker COVID-19 Relief Projects, aimed at directly assisting foreign migrant workers who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and are not able to gain sufficient assistance from their employers or local government. An example of fund disbursement could include assisting foreign migrant workers who are stranded in a destination country due to factory closure or termination of work without repatriation.
  • Phase 2: Civil Society Organization Projects, aimed at creating longer-term protections for vulnerable workers in international supply chains, including projects that address adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Priority consideration will be given to small- and medium-sized organizations with local or regional on-the-ground operations that can have a positive impact.

Download the project application and FAQs here

Submit the completed application and any additional questions to workerfund@responsiblebusiness.org 

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