S2, Ep. 3: How to protect workers – online and on the ground – in our changing world
SDG Insider: Bridging corporate reporting and the sustainability agenda
Tue, September 12, 2023
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Episode Description: The Impact of Technology on Workers

Welcome to another episode of the SDG Insider podcast! In this episode, we delve into the landscape of labor and explore the profound impact of technology on workers. Our interviews with labor experts Janine Berg, Jason Judd, and Chrissy Hoffman shed light on the opportunities and challenges that arise from the integration of technology in the workplace.

The Pros and Cons of Technological Advancements

Technology has undoubtedly revolutionized the way we work, offering numerous benefits. However, it also comes with downsides that cannot be ignored. One of the key concerns is the potential loss of jobs and the impact on job quality. We explore how technology can both enhance and disrupt the labor market.

The Gig Economy and Worker Rights

The rise of the gig economy has brought about a new classification of workers as independent contractors. While this offers flexibility, it also leads to a lack of rights and benefits for workers. We discuss the implications of this classification and the need for fair treatment and protection for all workers.

The Role of AI and Algorithms

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) and algorithms in the workplace raises important questions about privacy and unintended consequences. We examine the potential risks and benefits of these technologies and the need for ethical considerations in their implementation.

Worker Involvement in Technological Change

It is crucial for workers to have a say in the design and implementation of technology in the workplace. We explore the importance of worker input and the benefits of collaborative decision-making to ensure technology serves the best interests of both workers and employers.

Protecting Workers' Rights in Global Supply Chains

Ensuring workers' rights are protected in global supply chains requires due diligence. We discuss the importance of conducting thorough assessments and taking action to address labor issues. Mandatory due diligence is explored as a potential solution, emphasizing the need for remediation rather than just reporting.

The Role of Unions and Communication

Unions play a crucial role in negotiating the impacts of technology on workers and safeguarding their rights. We delve into the importance of union involvement and effective communication between companies and contractors to avoid labor issues.

Fair Wages and Competition

Addressing the trend of low wages and competition on wages is essential to ensure fair and respectable compensation for workers. We discuss the need for fair wage policies and the importance of creating a level playing field for workers.

Join us in this thought-provoking episode as we navigate the complex landscape of labor and technology, exploring the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Tune in now!

Original Show Notes
In an ever-evolving labour landscape, how can businesses ensure they respect the rights and prioritise the well-being of their workforce?
In this thought-provoking episode SDG Insider we dive deep into the complex realm of labour with three distinguished experts: Janine Berg, Jason Judd, and Christy Hoffman. Together, they demystify the multifaceted challenges facing both employers and employees in the digital age and the physical world.
Hosted by Ayanda Charlie, our discussion delves into crucial topics such as the impact of rapid technological advancements on jobs, the evolving role of unions, the contentious practice of classifying workers as 'independent contractors,' governance issues surrounding remote work, and more. Tune in to gain valuable insights into the dynamic interplay of the Sustainable Development Goals and corporate sustainability.
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Links you should know about:
The Global Reporting Initiative: www.globalreporting.org Transcript - How to protect workers – online and on the ground – in our changing world.pdf — PDF (126.2 KB)
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