An introduction to decent work for businesses

About this course

Advancing decent work for all is one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and is key to eradicating forced labour and child labour in global operations and supply chains. It is also crucial for achieving a just transition to low-carbon economies. This course aims to provide businesses with an overview of what decent work is, the benefits of advancing it in their operations and supply chains, and what are the key steps that they should take towards this direction. Ardea has also developed an action plan to guide organisations on the steps they can take to advance decent working conditions for their employees and workers, across their operations.


  • Online only
  • Beginner
  • Modules: 2
  • Study: 2 hours
  • Duration: self-paced
  • £150 per user (excl. VAT) Tiered discounts available for large numbers of participants from one company


  • Online only
  • Reading materials
  • Tools
  • Videos
  • Real-life Case Studies
  • Quizzes
  • 1 hour Q&A session
  • Action plan (paid add-on)

£150 per user (excl. VAT)

Contact us
Want to find out more?

Book a call
Bespoke training available

Enquire now

Who's it suitable for?

C-suite and directors.

Procurement teams.

Human resources.

Operations and supply chain managers.

Sustainability managers.

Compliance managers.

Company secretaries.

Learning outcomes

01. Learn about what constitutes decent work and which are the relevant key international frameworks.

02. Understand how the decent work concept is linked to the notions of forced labour and child labour and the important role of businesses in advancing decent work in global operations and supply chains.

03. Explore how your business benefits from promoting decent work.

04. Understand why advancing decent work is a prerequisite for achieving a just transition to low-carbon economic activities.

05. Identity what steps your business can take to advance decent work across operations and supply chains.

Action Plan

Ardea International has developed an action plan for implementing decent work in organisations’ operations and supply chains.

The purpose of this action plan is to guide organisations on the steps they can take to advance decent working conditions for their employees and workers, across their operations in the following areas:   

  1. Decent wages
  2. Decent working time
  3. Freedom of association & collective bargaining
  4. Stability & security of wok
  5.  Work-life balance
  6. Responsible recruitment
  7. Occupational health & safety
  8. Equality and non-discrimination
  9. Elimination of child labour
  10. Elimination of forced labour

Ardea’s action plan is based on international guidance published by ILO and civil society organisations. For each aspect of decent work, there are several recommended actions that an organisation can take to advance it. In addition, the action plan allows organisations to track implementation, by providing them with the option of indicating the department and person in charge and the status of each particular action (i.e. whether this has been implemented or not).  

For more information on this action plan, please contact our Consultant, Dimitra Serafeimidi, at 


Why study with Ardea?

At Ardea, we pride ourselves on our teaching methods. We are an IEMA-accredited training centre, with years of experience in training organisations. Our courses offer a variety of resources to support learning through different methods and include the option to participate in practical and interactive expert-led online sessions. We share insights from real case studies, grounding learning in practical and applicable advice. Through our training courses, you will gain a deeper understanding of key human rights legislation, giving you confidence in applying it in practice. This course offers participants a free 1-hour Q&A session with our CEO, Colleen Theron, a tri-qualified lawyer with over 25 years of legal and commercial expertise.

Discounts available for NGOs and individuals.

Ask us anything. From simple queries to complex questions, we're always ready to chat with you. Give us a call. +44 (0) 1273 491423