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24 January 2019
Spain: quality label for ‘socially responsible hotels’ that respect employees fundamental labor rights
A socially responsible quality label for hotels that respect employees’ fundamental labor rights. Thus the project that Spain’s hospitality trade unions have just launched, in partnership with the University of Malaga. Hotels will be assessed against a set of criteria covering security, training, equal opportunities, and fair salary structures. Results are available on the site: www.fairhotels.es
17 January 2019
How the CSR approach is betting on the power of blockchain technology
A Fortune publication (16 January 2019 here) has reported on how the Ford Motor Company; the Korean battery-manufacturing giant LG Chem, China’s Huayou Cobalt, and RCS Global, a London-based organization for responsible supply chains, announced the joint creation of the first blockchain distributed platform to encompass the entire production cycle for cobalt in the Democratic Republic of Congo that will be able to detect  any recourse to the use of child labor in the production process. The technology will be...
29 October 2018
The Netherlands: further postponement of the discussion of the Child Labour Due Diligence Law
On 16 October 2018, the Dutch Senate’s Committee for Foreign Affairs, Defense and Development Cooperation ( BDO) decided to postpone the discussion of the Dutch Child Labour Due Diligence Law (Wet zorgplicht kinderarbeid). At the same, the BDO expressed its wish to complete the legislative process on this bill within the current legislative term (March 2021).
16 October 2018
France: will draft legislation that aims to broaden businesses goals beyond pure profit really change anything?
In February 2017, attention turned to France as it adopted landmark due diligence legislation requiring certain French corporates to anticipate and prevent environmental and human rights violations both at it foreign subsidiaries as well as along its supply chains (cf. article No. 10132). This new draft legislation called the ‘Plan, d’action pour la croissance et la transformation des entreprises (Pacte)’ (Corporate growth and transformation action plan) intends to encourage companies to better consider the...
27 September 2018
Modern slavery along global supply chains: five key countries including the UK and the USA develop four key principles to eradicate this scourge
Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the US, and the UK belong to the group of nations that on 25 September presented a landmark practical set of provisions that other nations’ government can adopt in combatting modern slavery. The goal of the principles is that ultimately they can be used by nations to eliminate the scourge of human trafficking and modern slavery pervading global supply...
20 September 2018
Three French trade union bodies are applying pressure on companies operating in the Israeli-occupied-territories
In a report (in French)*published in June 2018, three French trade union organizations, the CGT, CFDT, and the SUD called on Alstom, Egis-Rail and Systra** to halt their participation in the Jerusalem tramway construction project. These three French companies would be participating in the construction of tramway lines extending between the Israeli side of Jerusalem and the Palestinian territory in east Jerusalem, as well as extending a currently existing city link line. This marks the third time that French trade...
13 September 2018
UN: Treaty discussions restart based on a draft text on multinational corporation responsibility in cases of human rights violations
Discussions on a draft Treaty on multinational corporation responsibility in cases of human rights violations (c.f. articles No. 10416 and No. 9188) are set to restart on 15 October, and will be based on a draft text that was published at the end of July 2018. The initiative aims to ensure victims of human rights violations by multinational corporations have effective access to the justice system and to appropriate redress. This draft text is robust and Ecuador is steering the intergovernmental working group...
29 June 2018
Australia : law tabled to stop modern slavery (brief)
A draft bill on modern slavery (here) was tabled in the Australian parliament on 28 June and is set to receive support from both sides of the house, guaranteeing its adoption. Once in force, 3,000 companies will be obliged to report on the steps they take to prevent forced labour throughout their global supply chains. The companies concerned are those that turn over more than 100 million Australian dollars (63.5 million euros) per year. A dedicated department, with 3.6 million Australian dollars (2.280 minion...
22 June 2018
Switzerland: National Council adopts draft law establishing reasonable due diligence requirement for multinationals
In order to avoid a more demanding law, which could result from the so-called ‘responsible business initiative’, and a vote on the issue, the lower house of the Swiss parliament decided to bring forward legislation that would oblige companies to incorporate due diligence in the protection of human rights. If the ‘counter proposal’ is adopted by the Federal Council (the government’s executive body) as it is, the associations that initially promoted the initiative are expected to withdraw it.