Approach

THE PROSPERe2e® DIALOGUE PROGRAMME

 

 

 

The reality remains that many factories have difficulty passing social audits. The top-down, monitoring approach has failed to significantly improve working conditions. Social audits delegate responsibility for implementing standards to suppliers without providing the resources to do so. Factories face high pressure but are not able to implement the required measures for development. Poor management skills and a lack of relevant knowledge lead to an inability to change the factories’ situation.

The PROSPERe2e® dialogue programme aims to harness the available resources in the factory, such as workers' expertise and experience, to improve social and financial conditions in a sustainable way. Additional knowledge transfer of production related topics allows the factories to enhance their overall performance.

 

 

 

 
 

Sustainability Agents’ approach effectively improves labour conditions through innovative dialogue trainings that build capacity on the factory-level to sustainably and holistically address the root causes of precarious working conditions. It builds on our extensive experience of implementing dialogue trainings in a variety of markets. 

The basis is the “7-Step Solution-Finding Cycle”, which guides participants through identifying a particular workplace problem, examining it critically, creating a joint vision for the future, and addressing the problem in a structured way. 

Factories will find it easier to independently apply the streamlined methodology, and the programme’s toolbox approach allows local trainers to tailor the training activities even more precisely to each factory.

THE PRINCIPLES OF SUSA'S DIALOGUE APPROACH

The core principle of SUSA’s signature dialogue approach is the joint involvement of workers and managers in information exchange and decision-making processes. We believe that this is the most effective way to create improvement in working conditions. By engaging workers and managers in dialogue, we rely on their expertise to identify the most pressing problems in the factory, and their motivation and buy-in help to ensure success.

 

 

COLLABORATION
Workers and managers learn to communicate, cooperate and establish participatory structures. The ultimate goal is to find win-win solutions.

CAPACITY
Workers and managers address real issues from their working life during the trainings and continue to do so afterwards, independently applying the methodology towards sustainable improvement.

PROGRESS
The SUSA dialogue approach creates an opportunity to address sensitive issues such as freedom of association or harassment, where audit approaches are especially ineffective.

INCLUSION
The SUSA dialogue approach can engage all levels of the supply chain – from brands and importers to factories and farms – leading to improved cooperation and business relationships.