The result of discussions that began between both parties in March 2014, the MoU, which was officially signed in Qatar at the SC’s Doha headquarters by SC Secretary General, Hassan Al Thawadi, and BWI’s General Secretary, Ambet Yuson, will cover construction site and accommodation inspections, training and a review of the SC’s current grievance mechanisms.
The joint inspections will initially focus on projects that are being built by multinational companies that are headquartered in countries where BWI currently has representation. To date the companies that fall under the agreement are from Austria, Belgium, Italy, India, and Cyprus – companies all employed on SC projects. As well as the joint labour and accommodation inspections that will take place regularly throughout the duration of the agreement, the SC and BWI will form a Joint Working Group (JWG) that will manage the inspections and reporting obligations. The JWG will meet to review the work that has been done to date and produce an independent report that will be released to the public after every JWG meeting.