3. LA Matera: SDG 5 & 10

From 5th to 9th of November 2018, Materahub will host the third learning activity. Methodology of this learning activity will consist of lectures, presentations, discussion and interactive workshops. During those five days, project partners and the representatives of companies and decision makers (in a live manner and via Skype) from each project partner country will educate each other and share practices when it comes to measuring social impact of companies regarding the SDGs as well as measuring the integration of socially-oriented SDGs in their business models that builds upon the UN guidelines. Social Sustainable Development Goals of each learning activity are chosen on the basis of their complementarity, as well as according to the knowledge and the expertise of the project partner responsible for the topic. The participants of this learning activity, as others, will be employees and project managers of each project partner organizations. Employees and project managers of each project partner organization have required knowledge, expertise and skills in sustainability in order to participate and conduct each learning activity, as well as assure the overall success of the project.

During five days of the third learning activity, following project partners will present the following SDGs:

MATERAHUB: Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender Equality - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls  

Materahub will organize a training in cooperation with local companies and NGOs working to promote gender equality, inclusion and female empowerment. Activity will also inlcude the involvement of the municipality officer for gender equality, the policy maker in charge to measure the situation in the city and region and provide input to policies on the topic. The training will move from the Strategic engagement for gender equality 2016-2019 paper of EC, published on December 2015, and the Commission Strategy for equality between women and men.
The Strategic engagement focuses on five priority areas which will be the five topics of the learning activity:
- Increasing female labour market participation and equal economic independence,
- Reducing the gender pay, earnings and pension gaps and thus fighting poverty among women
- Promoting equality between women and men in decision-making
- Combating gender-based violence and protecting and supporting victims
- Promoting gender equality and women's rights across the world.
During the training, participants will be invited to study the 30 concrete actions identified by EC to give an answer to these challenges. The methodology applied in the training will be a mix of presentation, work group, discussion. The idea is to bring in the group local actors active on the topic to give them a European view on the topic.

KALEIDOSCOPE FUTURES: Sustainable Development Goal 10: Reduced inequalities - Reduce inequality within and among countries

The activities designed by Kaleidoscope Futures are focused on Sustainable Development Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries, in particular target 10.7: Facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through the implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies. Additional targets that are relevant are 10.2: By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, and 10.3: Ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome. Human displacement is a rising global challenge, rising from 20 million people in 2000 to 65 million in 2015. It has complex causes and effects, including social exclusion, inequalities and discrimination, often affecting the most marginalised low-income countries. Political conflicts and violence are the predominant drivers of human displacement, but the impact of so-called development projects, as well as climate change and environmental crises, are also increasingly significant.

According to the UN’s Guiding Principles of Internal Displacement, states are encouraged to develop or strengthen their policies to include: (1) preventive measures to avert displacement, (2) crisis mitigation procedures, to be activated once displacement has occurred, and (3) durable solution frameworks. Most countries do have policies to deal with refugees and asylum seekers and a commitment to accept displaced populations, but these commitments fall far short of the scale and urgency of the crisis.  Business also has an obligation to respond to the forced migration crisis. However, with a few notable exceptions, most companies have not considered the implications of the migration trends, nor incorporated a response into their social responsibilities. This is despite a clear mandate in terms of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (the so-called “Ruggie Principles), the UN Global Compact and the ISO 26000 Standard on Social Responsibility.
Hence, our Learning Activity will be focused on: Business response to forced migration and the refugee crisis. Participants will be introduced to interactive data of global migration trends, the drivers of migration and policy responses in Europe and elsewhere to the refugee crisis.

Through method of presentation and discussion, project partners and guest experts will present examples of socially responsible practices of companies to this issue in areas of:
1) Philanthropic contributions to support refugee organisations and agencies;
2) Campaigns to promote a positive perception of forced migrants and refugees, especially in terms of their economic contribution; and
3) Direct support of refugees’ economic agency, either through entrepreneur mentorship schemes or affirmative inclusion as employees or suppliers.
Relevant external stakeholders will be included via Skype.

During the third learning activity, project partners will work on the development of webinars and the handbook about the above stated topics.