From the Factory With Love: A Study on Migrant Parent Workers in ChinaVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Beyond the Headlines
Evening Panel Discussion
Drinks Reception 6:30pm
More than 247 million migrant workers in China have left their homes to find work elsewhere, many ending up in factories and industrial zones along the country's Eastern and Southern seaboards. Today, some 61 million children in China are growing up without one or both of their parents present — while many more see their parents only once a year. Recognizing the importance and impact of supporting migrant parent workers, more and more international brands are embracing CSR initiatives that directly improve the wellbeing of parent workers in their supply chains.
What trends and challenges are there to family arrangements among migrant parent workers in China? What have companies been doing to mitigate this? What other factors need to be considered when addressing issues faced by migrant parent workers? Join the panel discussion on migrant parent workers in China’s factories and the role businesses can play to support them.
Dai Haijing is associate professor of Social Work at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Prof. Dai’s recent research projects look at how various paths of urbanization change care arrangement and delivery in Chinese families, and family status discrimination against family caregivers in the workplace in Chinese societies. She is actively involved in the development of organizations and movements aimed at reducing poverty, promoting gender equality, and protecting caregivers’ rights.
Carmel Giblin is president and CEO of ICTI CARE Foundation, an independent, not-for-profit organization established in 2004 that strives to improve working conditions at toy factories by implementing the ICTI (International Council of Toy Industries) Code of Business Practices. Before joining ICTI CARE, Ms. Giblin was CEO of Sedex for five years, which under her leadership grew to become the largest technology and services company operating in the responsible sourcing sector globally.
Ines Kaempfer is executive director of CCR CSR in China and Hong Kong, where she leads the strategic design and implementation of overall operations and stakeholder engagement, working closely with multinationals, Save the Children family members and partners. Ms. Kaempfer has extensive experience in CSR supply chain management where her main focus has been on child rights and labor rights in the manufacturing and textiles industry in China and South/ Southeast Asia.
Mandy Liu is CSR manager at Clas Ohlson China sourcing office, where she is responsible for compliance program development as well as the execution of capacity building programs in Clas Ohlson suppliers. Clas Ohlson has had a long cooperation with Save the Children and CCR CSR on community involvement and supporting migrant workers and their children in their professional and personal lives.
Edena Low is vice president of Corporate Citizenship and External Affairs at Mattel, Inc where she leads efforts to ensure the company operates a world-class responsible supply chain, focusing on people and the environment. Through Mattel’s Responsible Supply Chain Standards and a comprehensive oversight system, Ms. Low ensures that people along their supply chain enjoy a healthy and safe work environment, are treated fairly and ethically and do their part to reduce human impact on the planet.
Drinks reception courtesy of Fossil and Li & Fung
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