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2nd December 2020
External Relations & Trade Human Rights

Council approves conclusions on human rights and decent work in global supply chains

The Council of the EU has approved conclusions calling on Member States and the European Commission to promote decent work and human rights in global supply chains, noting that, inter alia, protecting human rights and upholding international law are founding values of the EU enshrined in the Treaties. 

Specifically, the Council is calling on Member States to step up their efforts to effectively implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, consider joining the Alliance on target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals to overcome child and forced labour and human trafficking in global supply chains.

More broadly, it calls on both Member States and the Commission to promote human rights in global supply chains and decent work worldwide, including a zero-tolerance policy on child and forced labour and other human rights abuses. In order to achieve that, it suggests establishing partnerships. It also expressly calls on the Commission to launch an EU Action Plan on this issue by 2021 and table a proposal for an EU legal framework on sustainable corporate governance, as well as update its 2006 Communication on the subject.

Read the conclusions here.

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