Centre for Responsible Business (CRB) was established in 2011 as think-tank to pursue its vision, ‘businesses integrate sustainability into their core business practices’. Given that sustainability is a multi-dimensional problem especially in the context of India and other emerging economies, CRB has adopted a model of engaging multiple stakeholders to develop action plans for promoting sustainable/responsible business, across various sectors in India. The work of CRB spans over four operational verticals namely, a) action and policy work; b) training and capacity building c) customized advisory services d) multi-stakeholder knowledge fora.
The organization works across a diverse set of thematic areas which include (i) business and human rights; (ii) Private Sector & SDGs; (iii) MSMEs & sustainability; (iv) Circular economy and (v) Voluntary sustainability standards. With an experience of having worked for over a decade in the abovementioned fields, CRB has developed expertise and insights that positions it well among leading think tanks on sustainable development/sustainable business. More information can be found at www.c4rb.org.
TITLE: PROGRAMME OFFICER (BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS)
TIMELINE – AUGUST 2020 – JULY 2021 (EXTENDABLE)
Business and Human remains an important pillar of work at CRB. Being an all-encompassing
thematic area, it cuts across most of the work that the organization undertakes. CRB’s work
on Business and Human Rights spreads across all four operational verticals, including policy
work, capacity development, multi-stakeholder dialogues and advisory. Some of our work
includes, supporting the Ministry of Corporate Affairs in the development of India’s first
National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (which is expected to be released soon);
developing and undertaking business and human rights due diligence in supply chain/value
chain and related research and actions; building capacity and raising awareness on specific
business and human rights related issues - such workers right, child labour, community
empowerment, women workers right, social benefits, etc.
At CRB our endeavour is to further build and expand our work on business and human rights. The importance of this subject has been accentuated particularly in the wake of the ongoing crises (social, economic and ecological) caused by the pandemic and the ensuing lockdown) - by collaborating with various partner organisations. In this regard, CRB is not just looking at executing its current projects, but also working on taking forward the knowledge, expertise and networks built over the years to enhance its imprint within this domain.
The position is based in New Delhi and will report to the Business and Human Rights Programme lead at CRB. The Programme Officer will be expected to have a sound grounding on the subject matter including – analytical ability and fieldwork. The selected candidate will be part of the team working on projects pertaining to the said theme and hence, will be required to co-ordinate with other team members and multi-task. It is expected that the candidate will help ensure the timely implementation, quality delivery and communication on the tasks assigned. The position also entails engagement with external stakeholders and overall programmatic assistance on Business and Human Rights portfolio management.
SCOPE OF WORK
The candidate will essentially be undertaking action and policy research, stakeholder engagements, capacity building and related activities on business and human rights. The Programme Officer will report to and work with the programme lead on Business & Human Rights at CRB. It is therefore important that the candidate has prior experience of working in the area and is well versed with the policy (national frameworks) and operational aspects (human rights issues, due diligence etc.) of business and human rights, including international literature and practice. The work will be a combination of desk work and on-site travels.
RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS
SUPPORT IN CO-ORDINATION AND ORGANIZATION
PROJECT TITLE: EXPLORING OPPORTUNITY & CHALLENGES TO OPERATIONALIZE FAMILY FRIENDLY POLICIES IN INDIA’S APPAREL & TEXTILE VALUE CHAIN – A SCOPING STUDY
PROJECT TIMELINE – JUNE 2020 – FEB 2021
Children are the citizens of tomorrow and a nation's future. They are vital for the future development of a society. However, a large population of children in India, especially girls, are unable to receive early childhood care and denied access to fundamental child rights, including healthcare, education and found to be most susceptible to exploitation. Risks such as these are higher in low-income households and industries employing a large unskilled and semi-skilled workforces, such as the apparel and textile sector, which is the second-largest employer in the country, facing various social sustainability issues. With existing challenges, the COVID-19 pandemic amplified the problems, bringing in a sense of urgency to address them. Centre for Responsible Business (CRB) consider this critical to propel the agenda of inclusive and sustainable businesses. CRB believes that adoption of family-friendly policies will make a positive impact on the lives and livelihoods of workers and help enterprises to reduce supply chain risks such as supply disruptions critical to business continuity, particularly in a postCOVID19 scenario. It will also help make child rights issues front and centre in the postCOVID19 recovery.
The project will investigate the plausibility of implementing family-friendly policies in various tier of apparel & textile supply chains. It will also explore relationship dynamics between brands, suppliers, subcontractors, and agents to achieve the social sustainability guidelines, cost implications, cost structure, and ecosystem partners, and stakeholders for implementing the policies.
We are looking for highly motivated candidates to work as a project officer in this project.
Based in New Delhi and reporting to the Programme Manager, the Project Officer will identify and engage with apparel and textile stakeholders in select clusters of India including fieldwork; be part of the project implementation team and ensure timely implementation and delivery; communicate and represent the project in discussions with external stakeholders and be responsible for documentation and writing of brief, articles, reports related to the project and broadly to sustainability/SDGs.
ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES
QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS
Appointment shall be on contractual basis for one year and may be extendable based on performance and availability of opportunities in this or other CRB projects.