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Business partnerships with NGOs, government and international organizations are at the core of BCGD’s mission. Past initiatives include:
Honduran Labor Framework
In collaboration with the US Government, the Government of Honduras, the General Confederation of Workers (one of the three largest Honduran labor federations), and NGOs, Russell Brands LLC/Fruit of the Loom established the Honduran Labor Framework to strengthen labor-management relations in Honduras. Using an Oversight Committee, the innovative model builds local capacity through mediation, comprehensive training and technical assistance. The Honduran Labor Framework provides an unprecedented opportunity to rebuild labor-management relations, promote economic development, advance Honduras’ reputation as a stable destination for foreign investment in the apparel sector and promote labor rights enforcement consistent with the 2004 DR-CAFTA. The Labor Framework has the potential to be replicated in other sectors and countries with poor labor-management relations.
Capacity Building Program to Enhance Labor Standards, Productivity and Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
This effort partnered leading US apparel brands, NGOs and government officials in both a direct capacity building project and a policy initiative to enhance labor standards, productivity and economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Africa Training Program (Lesotho):
Led by L Brands (formerly Limited Brands) and Gap, Inc., BCGD launched a Global Training Partnership project. The project designed and implemented innovative, high-impact training and skills building programs that addressed productivity issues and other root causes of low-quality jobs and poor workplace environments. This effort provided human resources and communications training to leading Lesotho factory managers and created opportunities for prominent government and business officials to promote continued improvements in these and other areas.
Africa Development Agenda:
In addition to the capacity building program, BCGD organized businesses, NGOs and academics to create an Africa Development Agenda to alleviate poverty and hunger on the continent. With a focus on developing the agriculture industry, the group worked to advance the agenda with Members of Congress, the Administration, and international organizations.
Customs Training in Central America
In the wake of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), BCGD, in partnership with businesses and USAID, designed a capacity building program to facilitate better implementation of the free trade agreement in the Central American countries. Customs, trade and commerce ministry officials from each of the five CAFTA and the Dominican Republic convened for a 2-day seminar on supply chain management and security, customs and compliance. The training was a primer on practical aspects of trade agreement implementation, specifically customs and warehouse management that is relevant for both importing and exporting. The program lead to ongoing training for government employees, such as customs officials and trade department representatives and other public and private sector individuals involved in customs, health and safety matters.