The devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on frontline workers and the resulting “Great Resignation” contributed to a boom in worker organizing to ensure that worker voices are central to corporate decision-making. While many corporations have publicly signaled their support for their employees as a key stakeholder, they continue to impede worker organizing and interfere in union elections, going against both labor laws and international human rights standards.
Our Theory of Change
Through shareholder resolutions and dialogues, ICCR members are calling on companies to adopt and meaningfully implement Freedom of Association policies, including maintaining neutrality in union elections and enforcing zero tolerance policies for retaliation against worker organizers.
The Business Case for Action
Businesses’ respect for freedom of association and collective bargaining can help facilitate the development of social capital that enhances employee engagement, retention and productivity.
Many major retailers and brands have a long history of union-busting activities that violate worker rights. Through a combination of dialogue and the filing shareholder resolutions, ICCR’s members are pressing these companies to respect worker organizing.
ICCR’s worker-centered approach is having an impact. In 2023, our members: