Transport, health services, education and other public services are essential to society. But who produces all these goods and in what circumstances? Discover the connection between the disaster in Bangladesh and the European project “Landmark: Public Purchases More Fair and Sustainable”.
The latest tragedy in Bangladesh, with the death of thousands of workers, shows that it is very common disregard for Human Rights and Labour along the supply chain. These violations include the use of child labor, excessive working hours, low wages and lack of labour and social protection.
To prevent such abuses, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has argued that the legislation of Bangladesh to international standards so that the Human Rights and the principles of the Fair Trade can be respected.
The European project “Landmark: More Just and Sustainable Procurement”, held in Portugal by IMVF and the Municipality of Loures, goes beyond the short term outrage that these major accidents can cause, focusing on practical mechanisms that are available to buyers, to ensure fair working conditions throughout the whole supply chain and the verification of compliance of the ILO Core Conventions.
The responsible consumption as a procedure adopted by all corporate bodies should be constituted as a good practice and a catalyst to promote fair and adequates working conditions.
Thus, for the public authorities in Europe who spend more than 2 trillion per year in goods and services, representing 16% of the gross domestic product of the entire EU, the project “Landmark: More Just and Sustainable Procurement ” presents itself as one of the ways forward.
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