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G7 Countries Commit to Actions on Labor and Environmental Protections in Supply Chains

Friday, October 16, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Following a two-day labor and employment ministerial meeting in Berlin, the G7 group of countries adopted this week a declaration outlining specific actions they will take to promote worker rights and improve working conditions and environmental protections in global supply chains. Highlights of these measures include the following.

- help develop and promote a common understanding of due diligence and sustainable supply chain management in practice and encourage the implementation of due diligence procedures in supply chains of both multinational and small and medium-sized enterprises

- encourage businesses to set up due diligence plans or guides that could ease mutual recognition of responsible business standards throughout supply chains

- support initiatives to promote the establishment of tools (e.g., labels) that enable consumers, public procurers and businesses to access and compare information on labor, social and environmental standards systems used to promote more responsible value chains

- encourage, cooperate with or develop multi-stakeholder initiatives or seek the creation of a G7-wide approach in the textile and ready-made garment sector with the aim of developing measures for convergence and better implementation of labor, social and environmental standards along the entire supply chain

- better coordinate support among the G7 on sustainable textile and apparel production and sustainable cotton production, notably in Africa and Asia

- ask the World Bank to develop specific analyses and policy options for countries’ capacity building and financing tools aimed at strengthening their capabilities to integrate internationally-recognized labor, social and environmental standards into their global value chain development strategies

- create the “Vision Zero Fund,” an initiative that will fund activities and commitments that apply principles of relevant ILO standards on occupational safety and health and working conditions and will be piloted with a focus on the ready-made garment sectors of selected countries

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