Al Jassim ... at the heart of sustainable development are the three Ps – planet, people and profits.

The Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC), an independent forum promoting sustainability and green buildings, has partnered with HSBC Middle East to launch a ‘responsible labour practices’ capacity building programme to promote socially responsible worker welfare practices and strengthen the financial capability of workers.

Organised in association with training partner Equidem and knowledge partner Multiplex, the programme will help the sector continue its efforts towards worker welfare in line with the UAE’s local labour laws, the ILO Conventions ratified by the UAE, and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), said EmiratesGBC.

This programme comes at a time when companies worldwide are grappling with economic difficulties during the Covid-19 pandemic and are doing their best to ensure workers are treated ethically, prioritising critical items like health and safety, wellbeing, wages, job security, and fair payment practices, it stated.

Chairperson Ali Al Jassim said: “With more than a decade of expertise in promoting sustainable built environments, we will draw on our experience to develop and deliver the responsible labour practices training programme with our partners and subject matter experts.”

“At the heart of sustainable development are the three Ps – planet, people and profits – and the role of workers, who are at the frontline, is extremely crucial in achieving the nation’s green vision. Further, financial security has been linked to worker wellbeing and productivity. By promoting best practices for construction workers and boosting their financial literacy, we hope to build a more proactive and confident workforce,” he noted.

This capacity building programme, which is open to all organisations operating in the UAE’s built environment value chain, is targeting developers, contractors, recruitment agencies, manpower companies and all key stakeholders involved in the construction, operation, maintenance and servicing of buildings and infrastructure developments.