Training in Rights and Responsibilities

Asia, particularly China, supplies most of the world’s food and goods. Many Swedish and international companies buy a large part of their goods from Asia. After decades of supply chain management based on audits, experience and research show that this top-down approach doesn't lead to sustainable improvements. Instead, capacity building measures are needed to empower employees through increased knowledge.

Working long hours is a common problem at factories in Asia.

Working long hours is a common problem at factories in Asia.

The Issue

Many manufacturing factories in Asia are characterized by precarious work, low wages, extreme overtime and unsafe working conditions. Repression against unions is common as well as poor dialogue between workers and management. Formal communication and feedback channels are missing in order for the workers to put grievances forward. A precondition for change is raised awareness among both workers and management. Shared knowledge on rights and responsibilities is the goal of this project.

Our Solution

The digital training tool Quizrr is used in factories across China, Thailand and Bangladesh and is available in various advanced versions. The theory of change is that increased knowledge mobilizes employees to exercise their rights. After a few years of cooperation, we can see that the training can lead to real and concrete improvements for the employees. Democratically elected workers’ representatives who ensure that employees gain influence in their workplace are examples of results from Quizrr training.

Today, several companies within the Axel Johnson Group use the digital training tool QuizRR.

Today, several companies within the Axel Johnson Group use the digital training tool QuizRR.

Quizrr is a digital training tool that uses short films that depict different scenarios to impart its message. After each film follows a number of questions and a quiz, which can be answered individually or in groups. The results are collected and displayed in a statistical database that both the supplier and purchasing companies can view. The training targets employees, middle management and executives. It also covers several modules including: a basic module; a module on salary setting; and a module on social dialogue and worker representation.

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factories in China supplying Axel Johnson companies are using Quizrr

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workers and managers trained

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training sessions held

Results

Back in 2015 Axfoundation subsidized user licenses of Quizrr for Axfood, Filippa K, Kicks, Martin & Servera and Åhléns. Today, the companies finance the training themselves while Axfoundation focuses on measuring the results. In 2018, Axfoundation employed the Raoul Wallenberg Institute to conduct an evaluation of Quizrr at seven supplier factories in China.

In the fall of 2019, before the Corona pandemic, Axfoundation assessed the output and outcomes of the initiative by collecting quantitative and qualitative data via online surveys at 19 of the factories. The report, available in English and Mandarin, indicates that working environments have improved since Quizrr training programs were introduced.

“Our assessment shows signs of improved worker engagement after Quizrr trainings, which is a significant result. A majority of workers and managers responding to the survey claim that nominations of worker representatives take place, followed by democratic elections and participatory meetings. More than half of the respondents claim these changes occurred after the training. If correctly reported, this is an important achievement.”- Viveka Risberg, Axfoundation

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percent of workers say trainings led to improved communication between workers and managers

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percent of workers say there has been an election of worker representatives

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percent of mangers say trainings led to more resolved grievances

Partners

Axfoundation and a variety of partners and companies within the Axel Johnson Group.
AxfoodKicks,  Martin & Servera, Filippa K, Raoul Wallenberg Institute, and the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg. 

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