Workers Lives in the Time of COVID-19

This past year has been marked by great economic turmoil, social unrest, and human rights challenges. The emergence of COVID-19 peeled back progress towards the SDGs and has revealed systemic inequities that target already vulnerable populations including women, migrant workers, minority and indigenous communities

In response, countless organizations across domains of education, business, tech, government and more, pivoted their offerings to proactively address COVID-19 impacts and disruptions in their own ways. So did we. 

We quickly adapted our existing suite of solutions to help organizations measure and mitigate emerging risks brought on by the pandemic. This includes access to personal protective equipment at the workplace, physical distancing, salary reductions, sick leave pay, mental health, and more. In recent months, Ulula worked with businesses and industry associations to respond to the impacts of COVID-19 on the ground, spanning 17 countries and 200,000 workers. Through our remote COVID-19 worker impact assessments, we measured health and safety risks to stakeholders in remote palm oil communities and smallholder farmers in Latin America, established remote worker grievance systems in Southeast Asia, and deployed impact surveys with community members to understand risks of food security, access to PPE and medical support, and more. 

In 2021, Ulula will continue to adapt and support organizations to amplify the voices and needs of workers and communities on the ground through mobile technology to ultimately improve the well-being and working conditions of those that steward our global supply chains.

Thank you for supporting us, working with us, and being part of our journey through 2020. We’ll see you in 2021. 

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Innovation Jam: an Impact Solutions Competition (part of MaRS Impact Week)
We're excited to share that Ulula will be one of the participating organizations of the Innovation Jam, a flagship event of MaRS Impact Week. On December 4, youth 18-30 across Canada will virtually gather, collaborate and compete to discover innovative solutions for business challenges faced by select social impact organizations across Canada.

Learn more about Innovation Jam
The 2020 Canadian SDG Accelerator Awards
We're applying for the 2020 Canadian SDG Accelerators Awards which presents an opportunity for Canadian organizations to showcase and be recognized for their efforts towards SDG implementation, and whose work impacts and accelerates their industry towards more sustainable practices. Keep an eye on our social media for updates on when public voting for the SDG Accelerators Awards begins! 
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Ulula is a member of IRMA, the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance
This means that we are participating in and supporting credible independent third-party verification and certification against a comprehensive best-practice standard that addresses the full range of environmental and social issues related to industrial-scale mines.
Learn more about IRMA

Join the conversation December 7, on how new technologies are redefining our approach to sustainability challenges. You'll hear from thought leaders across sectors, including Michela Puddu from Haelixa Ltd, Stefan Berder from gams Environmental Monitoring and Ulula's Thomas Radal.

Register free here
Listen to Ulula CEO Antoine Heuty's take on how technology can be used to improve communication and consultation between mining companies and their workers, suppliers and project affected communities in this virtual web talk with Clusmin.
Watch recording here (Spanish)
Earlier this month, our Director of Programs, Vera Belazelkoska, shared her expertise and insights on leveraging technology in private sector initiatives: Innovative solutions, practices, and research methodologies, alongside panelists from ELEVATE and United Nations University at Evidence to Action
Last month, Vera Belazelkoska, sat down with Lisa Szeponik and Cecilia Barral Diego from Löning to discuss how organizations can improve human rights due diligence in the food sector. 
Watch recording here
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Rape, abuses in palm oil fields linked to top beauty brands
AP News | Nov 20, 2020

How to Design Inclusive Digital Programming in International Development
ICTWorks | Nov 18, 2020

Report: Towards EU Mandatory Due Diligence Legislation Perspectives from Business, Public Sector, Academia and Civil Society
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre | Nov 2020 

Report: Corporate Human Rights Benchmark Across sectors: Agricultural products, Apparel, Automotive manufacturing, Extractives & ICT manufacturing - 2020 Key Findings
Corporate Human Rights Benchmark | 2020 

Report: The Cost of Contagion The human rights impacts of COVID-19 on migrant workers in the Gulf
equidem | 2020 
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