Through the implementation of our Workers’ Welfare Standards, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) has robust procedures in place to protect the rights of workers throughout the entire chain of contracting.
Sharing what the SC learns from our workers’ welfare initiatives is the key to continuous improvement. To help track progress and refine our approach, we – and our third party monitor Impactt Ltd. – periodically publish compliance reports, which detail the successes and challenges encountered while implementing the Workers’ Welfare Standards.
Requirements related to workers’ welfare are included in tenders issued by the SC. Incorporating workers’ welfare compliance into the tendering process obliges contractors to begin thinking about their workers’ welfare policies prior to responding to SC tenders.
Tenderers are required to submit their proposed accommodation for workers when bidding for projects. This accommodation is inspected to determine whether the tenderer can comply with the SC’s exacting standards. Tenderers which do not meet the workers’ welfare criteria for accommodation may be disqualified.
Project delivery phase
Compliance with Workers’ Welfare Standards is enforced through a comprehensive, four-tier auditing system:
1. Monthly self-audits by the contractor, in conjunction with the SC Project Manager.
2. Ad hoc SC audits to validate self-audits by the contractor.
3. Ad hoc external monitor audits by an independent third party auditor, auditing both the SC and the contractor.
4. Ministry of Labour & Social Affairs Inspections.
Contractors are required to ensure that other parties engaged on their projects, including subcontractors, consultants, labour suppliers and recruitment agents, uphold the SC’s Workers’ Welfare Standards. All companies engaged on SC project sites can be audited at any time, ensuring all levels of the contracting chain are held accountable and monitored for compliance.
Penalties for non-compliance with the Workers’ Welfare Standards are set out within our contracts, and are enforceable by the SC at our discretion. In the best interest of workers on our projects, the SC prefers to partner with contractors to address compliance issues. We strongly believe that favouring progress over penalty is the most effective way to improve the industry in the long term.