German G20 Presidency: Civil society calls for higher priority of human rights protection in intl. supply chains

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24 May 2017

G20 Labour Summit: Ministerial Declaration pledges to promote sustainable global supply chains & protect labour rights for all workers

Author: G20 Labour & Employment Ministers

We, the Ministers of Labour and Employment of the G20 and invited countries [...] commit to the following policy priorities: [...]

15. ...[W]e will contribute to [...] facilitat[ing] orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration of people (SDG 10.7), and to protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers and in particular women migrants (SDG 8.8)...

Fostering decent work for sustainable global supply chains...

21. ...[T]he G20 have a joint responsibility to promote decent work and a duty to protect fundamental principles and rights at work as a foundation for an inclusive global economy and fair globalisation. We also underline the responsibility of businesses...

23. We also commit to take immediate and effective measures, as called for by SDG 8.7, both in our own countries and globally, towards eradicating modern slavery, forced labour and human trafficking, and by 2025 to end child labour in all its forms...

24. [To this end], countries could [...] consider:

a. developing national action plans [...] for responsible business conduct...

27. We underline the responsibility of businesses to exercise due diligence in line with the UN Guiding Principles [...] and we encourage our businesses to report on these due diligence procedures...

28. We underline the importance of providing access to remedy...

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23 May 2017

G20 Labour Summit: L20 welcomes commitments by Govts. to clean up supply chains & ensure decent work for vulnerable groups

Author: ITUC

"Jobs, Wages, Refugees and Workers’ Rights in Global Supply Chains top G20 Labour Ministers agenda: G20 leaders must drive action", 20 May 2017

The L20 (Labour 20) has welcomed commitments from the G20 Labour Ministers, meeting in Bad Neuenahr this week, to clean up global supply chains, provide decent work, ensure living wages and integrate migrants, women, refugees and young people into the workplace. ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow said “labour markets need to work for working people, and the Ministerial Declaration is a basis for a global economy that works for everyone. Global supply chains are based on a model of low wages, insecure and unsafe work with increasing informal work and modern slavery. We would like to see every country mandate the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights for workers in global supply chains, with due diligence and grievance procedures that enable remedy against exploitation for the millions of workers on whom multinationals rely on for their products and services.”...

G20 Labour Ministers made commitments to: Clean up global supply chains...; Eradicate modern slavery and forced labour...; Protect fundamental rights at work...; Decent wages...; Priorities on the future of work (ii) promoting adequate social protection and social security coverage for all workers (iii) respect for fundamental principles and rights at work is a foundation for social dialogue and collective bargaining in a changing world of work...

G20 leaders meeting at the Hamburg summit in July must endorse the commitments of labour minsters and implement national action plans on due diligence and grievance procedures for remedy against violations of workers’ rights in global supply chains in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

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17 May 2017

G20 Labor Summit: NGO calls on govt. to support mandatory human rights due diligence in supply chains

Author: Human Rights Watch

G20 labor ministers gathering in Germany on May 18 and 19, 2017, should pledge to protect human rights in global supply chains, Human Rights Watch said today... The labor ministers meeting in Bad Neuenahr should support mandatory rules on human rights due diligence for companies operating in and from their countries... Such rules should require companies to assess, prevent, mitigate, and remediate harmful human rights impacts of their actions. The labor ministers – in coordination with other government agencies – should support mechanisms requiring companies to provide public information about their suppliers and the steps they are taking to avoid contributing to abuses... “It is good news that the German government has put the issue of sustainable global supply chains on the G20 agenda,” [HRW] said. “The G20 has the potential to help set standards for the protection of worker’s rights in global supply chains – and it should, without delay.”

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16 May 2017

Commentary: G20 needs to deliver on commitments towards sustainable supply chains

Author: Cindy Woods, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable

"How the G20 Can Make Globalisation Work for All", 16 May 2017

...The G20 is a key forum to demonstrate that global trade and investment can lead to better living and working conditions worldwide, in line with the SDGs. In specific, as the current global economy depends heavily on the use and functioning of global supply chains, it is imperative to equitable growth and development that these supply chains be sustainable... Many stakeholder groups have been actively engaging with the G20 process, pushing for bold new and specific commitments on sustainable supply chains... [U]nfair and unjust business practices are hallmarks of the current model — allowing large companies to profit off of cheap labor and production by spurring a race to the bottom in terms of human rights, labor, and environmental protections... In order to address, and ultimately reverse, this base inequality, [...] global supply chains must take into account human rights and environmental issues...

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10 May 2017

Globalization & the G20: Business needs to be part of the solution

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, ICAR, Naumann Foundation

...As business joins civil society and labor in calling on the G20 to address due diligence in global supply chains, it is now up to the G20 countries to respond. With the G20 Labor and Employment Ministerial meeting less than two weeks out, the event was a timely one. The German government has been outspoken in its commitment to addressing sustainable global supply chains during this year’s G20 process. This follows from the German G7 Presidency in 2015, which saw governments from the world’s seven largest economies commit to promoting better working conditions through increased transparency, risk prevention, access to remedy, and private sector implementation of human rights due diligence. Stakeholders from across the global and engagement groups are all hopeful that the 2017 G20 will produce strong commitments to increasing the sustainability of global supply chains, and establish policy coherence to better guide business...

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Author: Diario Responsable

“Iberdrola, Acciona y otras 25 compañías reclaman al G20 que exija análisis de riesgos climáticos a las empresas” -24 de abril de 2017

…En una carta presentada en un reciente encuentro en el Foro Económico Mundial, los “jefes” animan a todas las compañías a revelar los impactos del cambio climático en sus actividades empresariales. “Los inversores y las instituciones financieras tendrán un conjunto común de datos e información para permitir el diálogo sobre las consecuencias del cambio climático para una empresa específica y para apoyar las decisiones de inversión. La información hará hincapié en los riesgos que plantean los impactos físicos del cambio climático, las implicaciones de las políticas pertinentes y los riesgos de responsabilidad civil que pueden derivarse de la inacción, lo que proporciona una mayor visibilidad sobre cómo las empresas están gestionando estos riesgos…”, subrayan…Los CEO insisten en que una mejor divulgación de los riesgos financieros relacionados con el clima contribuirá en gran medida a permitir un diálogo constructivo y bien informado entre los inversores y las empresas sobre los riesgos financieros y las oportunidades asociadas a sus actividades. Además de las empresas españolas Iberdrola y Acciona, firman el documento, representantes de otras 25 compañías como Unilever, Suez, Philips, Enel, ING o Solvay.

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11 April 2017

G20 Employment Group Receives Input on Sustainable Supply Chains

Author: International Institute for Sustainable Development

The UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights issued an open letter to the members of the G20 Employment Working Group during its third meeting to prepare the 'Labour and Employment Ministers' Declaration'... The letter calls on governments to promote sustainable supply chains by protecting and respecting human rights, basing their supply chain commitments on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and referencing the Guiding Principles in the ministerial declaration on labour and employment and in the G20 Leaders’ Declaration, concluding with a call for governments and business to implement the Principles...

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24 March 2017

UN Working Group on business & human rights recommends for G20 to call on govts. & businesses to implement UN Guiding Principles

Author: UN Working Group on business & human rights

"To the members of the G20 Employment Working Group", 24. Mar 2017

It is encouraging to see that the 2017 G20 Employment Working Group has chosen the promotion of sustainable global supply chains as one of its main focus areas... In annex to this letter we make a number of recommendations on how to advance sustainable supply chains. In brief, the G20 should call on governments and businesses to implement the UN Guiding Principles. Key steps that governments should take include: Ensure policy coherence and alignment with the Guiding Principles in multilateral institutions that shape global supply chains; Implement the Guiding Principles through national action plans; Lead by example in their roles as economic actors, including to ensure that business enterprises that are State-owned or controlled respect human rights; Set out clearly the expectation that all business enterprises respect human rights throughout their operations, including by promoting effective human rights due diligence in supply chains through regulatory and policy measures; Implement the “access to remedy” pillar of the Guiding Principles; Address the threat faced by a range of human rights defenders who speak up against human rights risks and impacts associated with global supply chains.

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23 March 2017

Civil society recommendations to G20 highlight transparency & responsible business conduct

Author: Civil 20

"Civil Society Recommendations to the G20"

The G20 countries must reaffirm their commitment to Agenda 2030 by taking concrete steps to drive responsibility and accountability of the private sector towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to mitigate climate change and increase social health, security, development, and inclusive economic stability. Investment flows and finance, both private and public, must be coherent with sustainable economies and business conduct. Investment towards public infrastructure must be coherent with sustainable development and guarantee that private returns are not prioritized over the public interest...

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23 March 2017

NGOs submit policy recommendations on business & human rights to G20 Employment Working Group

Author: coordinated by Intl. Corporate Accountability Roundtable

"G7/G20 BHR Task Force submit letter to G20 Employment Working Group", 23 Mar 2017

The G7/G20 Business and Human Rights (BHR) Task Force has submitted a letter to the G20 Employment Working Group (EWG), providing key policy recommendations in relation to sustainable global supply chains... As challenges to the current economic world order continue to mount across the world, it is imperative for G20 countries to demonstrate how globalization can work for all. The current global economy depends heavily on the use and functioning of global supply chains. However, in order for these supply chains to help further global economic and social development, they must be sustainable—meaning they adhere to fundamental labor, social, governance, and environmental standards. By taking concrete steps to drive responsibility and accountability within global supply chains, G20 countries will make important gains in relation to targets under the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and will improve the lives of workers globally...

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