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Labor Rights


Good corporate citizens realize the importance of protecting shareholder value through responsible policies and practices related to their workforce. Companies with corporate cultures that encourage collective bargaining and union membership, diversity and responsible vendor standards, generate superior long-term value for investors. Corporate managers must communicate with their employees and labor representatives to remain competitive in today’s global labor market and ensure that prompt corrective action is taken against undesirable behavior including any unlawful forms of discrimination, abuse of power, violence and devaluation of the individual.

Methodology

Our analytical framework seeks to assess our clients’ portfolio companies with regards to labor rights and workplace practices. We research public and proprietary information sources to determine if a company’s practices comply with its own stated policies and internal controls and to ensure that the company treats its employees with respect and dignity. We evaluate companies as to whether they uphold the core conventions of the ILO. Evaluative factors in this category include:

  • Child labor
  • Forced labor
  • Freedom of association
  • Supply chain management
  • Diversity and discrimination
  • Unionization and collective bargaining
  • Labor disputes and layoffs
  • Outsourcing and production shifts
  • Pension and retirement benefits controversies
  • Health & safety

Following evaluation of these factors, JMR is able to assess whether the company is a conscientious employer.