Dr. Sriprapha Petcharamesree
Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies
On April 23, 2015, Toshiba held a Human Rights Workshop targeting its Group companies in Thailand, where many of its business sites and suppliers are located. 33 representatives in charge of human resources, general affairs and procurement at 14 Group companies attended the event.
We invited Dr. Sriprapha Petcharamesree, a faculty member of the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University, Thailand, whose research focus on a wide range of human rights in ASEAN region including business and human rights, to give the participants a lecture on human rights and business. The talk focused on human rights issues related to business operations in Thailand such as migrant workers, exploitation by agencies, labor unions, etc.) After the lecture participants exchanged opinions and view on human rights.
|Date||April 23, 2015|
|Theme||Business and Human rights in Thailand|
- This is the first time that I was invited by a business company in Thailand to lecture on human rights. This is a rare initiative which should continue.
- The participants listened enthusiastically to the lecture which for many of them rather new but it helped building better understanding of human rights and its relationships with business.
- It is often considered that human rights education is the responsibility of educational institutions such as universities, but I encourage companies to do it as well. I think that the best approach is to educate trainers, and spread the activities.
- Human rights are part of our life and are issues that can affect a person’s entire life. So it is important for us to make sure that we respect rights of others and that we are not doing anything that will violate human rights of other people.
- In Thailand, many workers are working in poor labor conditions especially migrant workers in fishery sector, farms and other worksites, and this has become more and more a serious issue. Their work is a repetitive routine of simple tasks year after year, with no opportunities for them to acquire skills, pay rises or promotions. Such an environment is, in many ways, considered human rights issues.
- All companies including electronics industry and their supply chains need to be aware of these conditions as this is a labor-intensive industry involving processes such as assembly-line work.
- It is important to create an environment where each and every worker can enjoy his/her rights so that they work with pride and a sense of ownership.