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Emrill ramps up worker welfare standards through Cips partnership

Emrill has cancelled contracts with 40 suppliers and carried out inspections of its service providers' labour accommodation

The partnership aims to boost worker welfare standards.
The partnership aims to boost worker welfare standards.

FM giant Emrill Services has partnered with the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply Middle East & North Africa (Cips Mena) to boost welfare standards in the Mena region’s supply chains.

In an event held at Emrill’s Knowledge Theatre in Dubai, procurement professionals gathered to discuss the impact of welfare standards and the need to adopt global best practices.

Emrill’s commercial director, Suzie Razmjou, said that the firm has begun making changes to improve worker standards by cancelling contracts with 40 suppliers that were unable or unwilling to improve standards.

Other improvements outlined included carrying out welfare visits for its service providers’ labour accommodation to ensure living standards met its standards.

The move is in line with the Dhaka Principles initiative, which was introduced in 2012 by the Institute for Human Rights and Business to improve health, safety and employee welfare.

“In cases where suppliers are underperforming, we actively work with them to improve the welfare of their employees,” said Razmjou. “We have used our influence in the market as a way of making a difference and improving the lives of thousands of workers. At Emrill, we feel we have a collective responsibility to ensure those individuals delivering services to our clients are looked after properly.”

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