Asian economies are booming. However, the number of poor people is only slowly decreasing. The gap between rich and poor has never been larger. FES is working with its partners to reinforce social justice as a key feature in political and economic processes in order to reduce social inequalities. Our activities aim to promote decent work, the implementation of labour and social standards, socially just social protection systems and gender justice.
What We Do
We promote social dialogue fora in order to deepen the mutual understanding of social partners and provide platforms for joint projects. We perceive the constructive cooperation of workers, employers and government representatives as a key instrument to strengthen the social dimension of regional integration in South- and Southeast Asia.
We cooperate with trade unions to promote labour standards, decent working conditions and migrant workers’ rights. We perceive strengthening the representation of employees through trade unions and representative bodies as an integral component of its efforts towards advancing social democracy around the world.
We support women and men in their struggle for gender equality in Asia. In cooperation with our partners, we seek to create equal opportunities for all genders, in order to enable equal political, economic and social participation for all members of society; to reduce structural poverty; and promote socially just and sustainable development.
We support a progressive discourse on social protection, defined as an instrument to manage the risks to life, to promote a fair distribution of income, social cohesion, political stability, and to drive growth by boosting productivity and domestic demand. We regard social protection as a human right as well as an economic necessity.
Today we mark the International Day of Social Justice. What can we do to achieve it in Asia? Let's start with decent work in our supply chains in the region, recommends Sharan Burrow of ITUC in a guest contribution for FES in Asia.
Singapore ― In a guest contribution for FES on World Day of Social Justice, ITUC General Secretary calls for decent work in supply chains in Asia. Supply chains that span several countries now dominate trade, accounting for 80% of value and 60% of volume. But for workers across Asia and their famili...
OECD launches guidelines to improve risk assessment in garment & footwear supply chains #OECDrbc
"It is important there is a common understanding that workers are not peripheral to the due diligence process, but core to it. The Guidance articulates when and how workers should be involved and labour views this as a welcome shift"
UN Women Asia and the Pacific, FES and ASEAN looking for an International Consultant to conduct research on the “Women Migrant Workers in ASEAN Economic Integration” - Home-based with travel to Bangkok and ASEAN Region (Revised) (Deadline: 10 February 2017) - See more at link below: ... See MoreSee Less
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung has been ranked again as one the best think tanks worldwide according to the list of the 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, being listed No.13 in the category Top Think Tank Worldwide (Non-US). Read further on the different rankings and how other organisations around the world have been doing in the last year. #FESAsia ... See MoreSee Less
Adrienne WoltersdorfCOORDINATOR, PROJECT SOCIAL JUSTICE
Adrienne Woltersdorf is the Resident Director of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung’s Singapore based “Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia”. From 2012 to 2015 she was the foundations Resident Representative in Kabul, Afghanistan. As a political correspondent for taz, die tageszeitung, Adrienne was based in Washington and in Berlin, writing for Frankfurter Rundschau and Der Spiegel. She holds a Master’s Degree in Sinology, Political Science and Modern History from Freie Universität Berlin.