On 22 March, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) - the EU civil society consultative body - organised a public hearing in Brussels on decent work in global supply chains, an event that aims to contribute to the ILO International Labour Conference (ILC) being organised in June this year.
FTA and representatives from the ILO, the OECD, the German and Dutch governments, and the European Commission provided examples of measures and initiatives developed with the aim to improve labour standards in global supply chains and provided recommendations for future actions. All speakers agreed that working towards more decent work principles was an essential task which requires constant engagement and long-term planning at policy and company level. Given the complexity of supply chains and the limited power of buyers, the principle of shared responsibility and the empowerment of local actors were pointed as key to success.
The event organised by the EESC is part of the wider EU effort to contribute and frame the national projects currently in development (e.g. the German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles or the French due diligence law) and to avoid duplication of standards and fragmentation. To this end, a High-level Conference on Responsible Management of the Supply Chain in the Garment Sector will take place on 25 April 2016 in Brussels where FTA will be prominently represented.
Contact: Pierre Gröning, Head of International Trade Policy