Principle 1

Start with Integrity & Purpose

Define how engagement serves the needs of workers

  • Include workers in the assessment, design, and implementation processes when feasible
  • Determine the end use of engagement
  • Set measurable goals for desired use, outcomes, and impact that benefit workers and respect their rights

Understand the existing landscapes for workers, employers, and local organizations

  • Align with existing government regulations, international norms, and worker representation and employer processes
  • Recognize and support local, regional, and other geographic, linguistic, or cultural differences
  • Consult with local organizations to assess and understand existing initiatives
  • When possible, refer to credible third parties for validation of purpose and strategy

Resources

Endorse the WEST Principles

With the launch of the WEST Principles, we are excited to invite you to review and endorse the eight principles.

Building a Community of Practice

Sign up and join the conversations that will shape how the Principles are operationalized. Through webinars, case studies, and knowledge sharing we can build a community of practice.

Tackling Forced Labor & Human Trafficking

June 26 – 27, Innovation Forum will be hosting a conference designed for companies to understand how to identify and mitigate risks of forced labor.

An Agreed-Upon Approach

By establishing an agreed upon approach, the WEST Principles aim to maximize the impact of technology-driven efforts to engage workers in global supply chains and ensure they can work with dignity and free from abuse. Initiated by a group of technology providers, the Principles seek to engage stakeholders at all levels of the global supply chain, including workers, worker organizations, the private sector, and governments, to collectively develop a roadmap to operationalize their use.