The Responsible Business Alliance Foundation is a Section 501(c)(3) supporting organization of the Responsible Business Alliance, a Section 501(c)(6) organization. The RBA Foundation is organized, administered and operated exclusively for charitable, scientific and educational purposes, within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, including to improve the public's ability to make informed decisions about the social, environmental, and economic responsibility in the supply chain of the products they purchase and to engage in other charitable, scientific and educational activity.
Through a generous grant from the Walmart Foundation, the RBA Foundation and its supporting program partner ELEVATE aim to help break the cycle of exploitation common in foreign migrant worker recruitment and employment experiences in the region by transforming the market for ethical business practices and including workers themselves in developing solutions to persistent challenges.
The RBA Foundation and ELEVATE will work together over a 24-month period to implement a solutions-oriented program, including publicly available education and information, focusing downstream to detect and address forced labor. The project will include additional upstream work, done in tandem, to develop the maturity of labor agents to meet ethical recruitment standards and better educate workers and factory management directly. Key to these efforts are the Responsible Workplace and Recruitment Programs.
Building on the success of our Workplace of Choice pilot, the Responsible Workplace Program focuses on improving workers’ awareness of their labor rights, developing worker-management communication and amplifying workers’ voices to improve working conditions and mitigate issues that contribute to forced labor. Program elements include:
- Worker Surveys by Laborlink
- Worker-Management Communications
- Worker Education
- Worker Helpline
The Responsible Recruitment Program provides a development path, with public recognition for progress, to labor providers to meet ethical recruitment standards of today’s leading industry customers. Program elements include:
- Three-Step System
- Ethical Recruiter Training & Verified Self-Assessments
- Forced Labor Audits
- Certification Equivalency
For more information on the RBA Foundation, contact info@RBAFoundation.org