International development

International development policy

Prospect's international agenda is built around a framework set at our 2012 national conference.

In a period of austerity, conference delegates recognised that difficult economic decisions have to be made. But as as trade unionists, we have to be willing to continue to help those whose plight is such that their very existence is often challenged. On that basis, delegates agreed that Prospect should continue to expand its International Development Network.

In particular, conference agreed that Prospect should:

  • seek to ensure the safety and wellbeing of workers in the developing world who will be involved with the construction of infrastructure (energy, telecommunication and roads). The TUC and global union federations would be asked to lobby the Department for International Development to reconsider its support for the International Labour Organisation and to raise the awareness of the Decent Work agenda with investing companies and non-governmental organisations that we are affiliated to.
  • Continue to recruit, develop and support development advocates and the international network across the union
  • Support the recruitment of migrant professional workers employed in organisations where Prospect is recognised
  • Promote and work on global issues with the global union federations (Public Services International, Union Network International and the International Transport Workers Federation) to which Prospect is affiliated.
  • Continue to work with branches and employers on corporate responsibility and supply chains.


Case studies

Example of projects that Prospect branches and development advocates have worked on:

Corporate social responsibility

  • EDF Energy, Scottish Agricultural College and Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency

Sustainable development

  • Marine Management Organisation and AHVLA

Procurement and supply chains

  • Natural England, Marine Management Organisation and Scottish Agricultural College
  • Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Ethical finance for development (government procurement cards and banking services)

Shared international agenda

  • Factcards (guides) available on request for the international dimension on health and safety, environment, equalities and union learning.

Solidarity and union capacity building projects supported by branches and nationally

  • Free Lilliany Obando campaign with Justice for Colombia (HRMPS)
  • Sweatshop workers in Honduras with War on Want (Health and Safety Executive)
  • Girl child labour in Guatamala with War on Want (Forensic Science Service)
  • Bonded labour in India with Anti Slavery International
  • Flower pickers in Colombia with War on Want
  • KETAWU: Energy workers' union in Kenya.