The Employers Confederation of the Philippines, with the technical support of the International Labour Organization (ILO), is set to release its first-ever Digital Diagnostic and Reporting Tool (DDRT), a self-assessment tool for workplace compliance.

In the wake of the impact of pandemic COVID-19, we have seen companies facing a number of challenges. In addition to the difficulty of reopening workplaces and establishments, there is the challenge of ensuring the work remains to decent and productive and that businesses conduct themselves responsibly, ethically, and safely.

Many issues associated with the new normal brought about by the pandemic required shifts in paradigms. One aspect that ECOP and the ILO looked at is on digitizing and digitalizing tools and processes. It is for this that the self-assessment tool developed by ECOP under an ILO Project in 2018 was revisited, updated to keep up with the times, and digitized.. The digitization of the tool and digitalization of the process of self-assessment will equip ECOP with tools and systems that will promote compliance and responsible business conduct and will capacitate members and partners to comply with international frameworks and national standards on labor and occupational safety and health efficiently and effectively. The results that this tool and system will yield will ultimately help companies keep their buyers and clients, attract more investments, and create employment opportunities for the society.

The DRRT is an accessible, practical self-assessment tool designed to guide businesses on how to integrate responsible business conduct into their operations. It helps identify gaps in compliance to labor standards as a result of employment practices. It also aims to guide companies to address these gaps and reduce risks and consequences of non-compliance and enhances competencies of HR and compliance officers to design policies and dvelop programs  on labor standards.

The DRRT provides users with a checklist of child labor, discrimination, freedom of association and collective bargaining, minimum wages, working schedule, social security, occupational safety and health requirements which can be used to ensure their organization’s compliance with international and national labor standards.

The tool will be soft launched this coming 2022 and will be made available to members of ECOP.

 

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