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5 June 2019
The Netherlands: multi-stakeholder agreements concluded for the metals and natural stone sectors to prevent CSR risks
On 23 May 2019, the Dutch Government together with businesses (e.g. Tata Steel Nederland B.V.), industry associations (e.g. Association of the Dutch Metallurgy Industry – VNMI), trade unions (e.g. CNV and FNV) and NGOs (e.g. UNICEF Nederland) signed the International Responsible Business Conduct Agreement for the Metals Sector. For the first time, a European industry association, the European Association of Metals (Eurometaux), is one of the signatories of an International Responsible Business Conduct (IRBC)...
21 May 2019
Great Britain: trade union applying pressure on Amazon UK shareholders
Against a backdrop of repeated criticism of Amazon UK’s working conditions, in May 2019 trade unions had a first-time meeting with a number of the online giant’s shareholders, the goal of which being to convince them to contribute to devising a plan that could change the situation for Amazon’s 27,500 UK employees.
9 April 2019
EU: European Commission draws attention to the need for Seoul to uphold the social clause in the EU-Korea trade agreement
In Seoul on 09 April, EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström co-chaired the 8th Trade Committee set up by the EU-South-Korea trade agreement that was initially signed back in 2010 and that both parties recognize as being a success. The meeting was nonetheless somewhat marred by Seoul’s difficulty in approving a section of the ILO’s fundamental conventions that aim to improve working conditions and labor rights. Since the troublesome TTIP (UE-US) and CETA (EU-Canada) negotiations, the European Commission...
9 April 2019
Thailand: strengthens sanctions as part of its framework tackling forced labor
Thailand has just tightened legislation tackling forced labor. In order to fast track implementation of the legal changes, the law on human trafficking is being amended to include forced labor as one of the factors infringing respect and it also broadens the definition to include within legal scope all those involved in the purchase, sale, confinement and exploitation of people.
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:
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...