SGS, International Labour Organization (ILO) to deliver Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises (SCORE) Training to SMEs

GENEVA, 10-Jul-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — SGS has entered into a Public Private Partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO) to deliver Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises (SCORE) Training to small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

SCORE is a practical training and in-factory consulting program that improves productivity and working conditions in SMEs. SCORE Training demonstrates best international practice in the manufacturing and service sectors and helps SMEs to participate in global supply chains.

The three-year agreement allows SGS to provide SCORE Training to small and medium size factories around the world.

Developing cooperative working relations

SCORE Training focuses on developing cooperative working relations, resulting in shared benefits. The five SCORE Training modules cover workplace cooperation, quality management, clean production, human resource management, and occupational safety and health. Each module includes a two-day classroom training session for managers and workers, followed by on-site consultations with industry experts that help put the training into action in the workplace.

The SCORE programme is supported by the Governments of Switzerland, Norway and Canada and the ILO. Through the expanded delivery of SCORE Training, the ILO SGS partnership will bring about long-lasting improvements in supplier practices by highlighting the link between productivity and workplace practices – a win-win for employees and employers around the world.

Meeting the growing demand for SCORE training

Michael Elkin, Global Coordinator for ILO SCORE, said: “This partnership with SGS allows for SCORE Training to be offered to many more supplier factories in new countries. It will help to meet the growing demand from major international brands for SCORE Training.”

Jeffrey McDonald, EVP of Certification and Business Enhancement of SGS, said: “We are honoured to be in a global partnership with the International Labour Organization to deliver SCORE training, the well-recognized supplier development training program. When provided to various levels of global supply chain, particularly SMEs involved in global supply chains in different sourcing and production countries, SCORE training will help improve their overall performance in terms of quality, environmental, health and safety and social compliance requirements.

“SCORE training will also increase the productivity and cost saving for suppliers in the value chain and help them increase overall business efficiency. We will start delivering SCORE training to various suppliers, initially in India and China, and will then roll out the training services to other relevant sourcing and production countries.”

For more information on ILO SCORE training and how your brand or factory can benefit from this new opportunity, go to the ILO website, or contact ILO:

Michael C. Elkin
Chief Technical Adviser
Sustaning Competitive and Responsible Enterprises (SCORE)
Small and Medium Enterprises (SME)
International Labour Organization (ILO)
Route des Morillons 4
Switzerland
CH -1211 Geneva 22
t: +41 22 799 67 79
f: +41 22 799 79 78

For more information about SGS, please contact:

Anna Amato 
Senior Global Marketing Manager
Certification and Business Enhancement
SGS North America Inc.
201 Route 17 North
Rutherford, New Jersey USA 07070
t: 201 448 0377
www.sgs.com

About ILO
The only tripartite U.N. agency, since 1919, the ILO has been bringing together governments, employers and workers’ representatives of 187 member States, to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programs promoting decent work for all women and men.

About SGS
SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 90,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,000 offices and laboratories around the world.

SOURCE: SGS SA

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