ILO / UNICEF conference On the day against child labor

On the occasion of the Day against Child Labor (June 12th), the International Labor Organization (ILO / ILO) is organizing a virtual conference together with UNICEF on June 10th, 2021 at 2.30 p.m. (CET). Everyone is invited to take part; no registration is necessary!

The first part of the event will focus on a discussion of ILO-UNICEF’s newly published global estimates and trends on child labor. Participants in the panel include Guy Ryder (General Director, ILO), Henrietta Fore (Executive Director, UNICEF), and Qu Dongyu (General Director, FAO).

This is followed by an interactive discussion between high-level speakers and youth representatives on the path to 2025, highlighting efforts to implement the International Year’s “Promises of Action 2021”.

The event ends with the announcement of the winners of the music against child labor competition by the prominent jury.

 

Link to follow the event online on June 10th, 2021 at 2.30 p.m. (CET): To the live event
The arrangement will be translated into English, French and Spanish.

2021-06-10T17:16:28+02:00June 10th, 2021|

Call for donations in 2021!

Unfortunately, we are currently receiving worrying news from India. The Indian mutation of the corona virus ensures a massive spread of the virus and extremely high mortality. There is a lack of medical equipment and medicines. Internationally, India is therefore also supported by governments. However, the renewed strict lockdown in many parts of the country poses a further threat to the population. This is how we hear from our auditors in India:

“There is a strict lockdown in Rajasthan. People cannot move from one district to another. This affects the livelihood of many workers who used to go to work in the cities and return in the evening. […]

The government appeals to employers to look after their workers and provide payments and all possible assistance for their welfare. In many places, however, this is not implemented. The permanent workers of the production site / factories receive the monthly payment from their employer / owner, but contract workers or day laborers do not have this privilege. Local workers who migrated from one district to another are affected by travel restrictions as well as less production work.”

So many employees (contract workers or day laborers) and their families are threatened with hunger. There is also a lack of hygiene articles and protective equipment to be able to protect themselves effectively against the corona virus. As in the previous year, we want to provide direct help to the most severely affected employees through our auditors.

Please help too!

We know that this time is very difficult for all of us too! But if you can still do without something, it would be wonderful! In this case, please donate with the donation keyword “Corona” an:

XertifiX Sozialprojekte e.V.

We collect the money and send it directly to our partners in India. They will use the money for food for those in need in this corona crisis. 100% of the money reaches the needy.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

2021-05-17T17:30:47+02:00May 17th, 2021|

Marie Nasemann on the Supply Chain Act (in German)

Marie Nasemann, model, presenter, actress and fair fashion blogger calls for a strong supply chain law in a video and thus draws attention to the supply chain letter.

Please refer:
Twitter: @marie__nasemann
Instagram @marienasemann, @fairknallt
Facebook @MarieNasemann

2021-05-05T09:52:23+02:00May 5th, 2021|

ZDF “HeuteShow” on the Supply Chain Act

The ZDF on the background of the contribution:
“It is intended to help respect human rights, curb child labor and starvation wages worldwide: The Federal Government’s Supply Chain Act. German companies are to be obliged to ensure that local social and ecological standards are met by foreign suppliers. The law is to apply from 2023 to companies with more than 3,000 employees and from 2024 to companies with more than 1,000. The Federal Cabinet passed the draft law on March 3, and it was debated in the Bundestag in April.

In mid-February, Economics Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU), Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) and Development Minister Gerd Müller (CSU) presented the draft of the Supply Chain Act at a press conference. In addition to Hubertus Heil, Gerd Müller in particular is considered a staunch supporter of the law. At the meeting he emphasized, for example, that the importance of the supply chain law goes beyond Germany: “It triggers a debate in Germany and in Europe about the future of globalization, about fair globalization.” Müller’s aim was to get companies to commit to violations of human rights also have to be civilly liable within the supply chains – this was not implemented in the current decision, however. […]

The CDU Economic Council in particular is working hard on the supply chain law and is trying to prevent it or at least dilute it. In February he called on the Union parliamentary group to stop “this project”: “In the middle of the Corona crisis, the SPD is stubbornly working on its left ideological issues, while numerous entrepreneurs are afraid of their existence.“

Please refer: What the Fakt!? Lieferkettensägenmassaker – Was bringt das deutsche Lieferkettengesetz? (German)

2021-05-05T08:47:59+02:00May 3rd, 2021|

ILO: International Year for the Elimination of Child Labor

The International Labor Organization (ILO) has called 2021 the year for the elimination of child labor. Individuals and companies are called upon to be particularly active this year in order to jointly fight child labor worldwide!

Everyone is called:

  • Write to a decision maker
  • Raise funds for a charity or school dealing with prevention of child labour
  • Read about fair trade and how it benefits children of poor families
  • Educate yourself and then share what you learn with friends, family, co-workers, and others, and work together to increase your “voting” power

“Individuals have power when they work together in a coordinated global movement.”

Companies and other stakeholders are called upon:

  • Give action pledge in 2021, e.g.:Development of a regional roadmap for ending child labor with milestones that can be reached based on time and suggested resource allocations.
  • Draft new laws and / or guidelines to encourage public procurement as a tool to combat child labor.
  • Development of a regional fund to end child labor in 2021.

It is recommended that you download the Action Pledge – Practical Guide:

2021 Stakeholder Action Pledge – Practical-Guide

2021-04-20T10:04:54+02:00April 20th, 2021|

Supply Chain Act: The Bundestag has to improve!

As reported, the federal government finally agreed on a draft of the supply chain law last week! Good thing: This is the first time that companies’ human rights due diligence obligations are regulated in Germany.

But the bill is not enough, because:

  • It stipulates that companies only have to take action with indirect suppliers when there are concrete indications of human rights violations. That is absurd!
  • In addition, there is no civil liability rule. People affected by human rights violations will continue to find it difficult to claim damages from German courts.
  • The draft law takes too little account of environmental standards!
  • The law should only apply to around 2,900 companies with more than 1,000 employees.

The good news: the law is not ready yet. In April the Bundestag will discuss the Supply Chain Act. The MPs then have the opportunity to request improvements.

Ask your MP to take action accordingly. The Supply Chain Act initiative has prepared a serial letter with which you can write to your MPs directly. Practical: You just enter your postcode and the members of your constituency appear for selection. Therefore:

Write a supply chain letter now!

2021-03-15T15:40:33+01:00March 15th, 2021|

German Federal government agrees on a weakened supply chain law

After months of negotiations, the federal government has agreed on a supply chain law. From XertifiX’s point of view, this is basically a step in the right direction. However, the initial limit of 3000 employees, for whom the law will apply from 2023, is a disappointing limitation. The initiative supply chain law, of which XertifiX is a member, evaluates the law accordingly.

In our view, a more effective law would have been possible and desirable. But apparently the lobbying work of the business associations prevented an effective protection of human rights and the environment. The lack of civil liability means that victims of serious human rights violations are denied improved legal protection before German courts.

2021-02-15T08:48:27+01:00February 12th, 2021|

Minister Altmaier (CDU) is still boycotting supply chain law

In the dispute (between the Ministry of Labor and Development on the one hand and the Ministry of Economic Affairs on the other), Ministers Heil (SPD) and Müller (CSU) presented a compromise proposal for a supply chain law. As can be seen in today’s Handelsblatt, the compromise offer only provides for fines and administrative penalties, such as the exclusion of a company from public contracts. This actually fulfills one of Altmaier’s central requirements. This compromise proposal should now go to the coalition committee.

According to Handelsblatt, Minister Altmaier is still sticking to his blockade: according to this, companies should only be responsible for the first link in the supply chain, i.e. their direct suppliers. The suppliers of the suppliers, e.g. raw material suppliers, would then be left out. The Supply Chain Act initiative, of which XertifiX is a member, is correspondingly critical of this initiative by Altmaier:

The limitation of the duty of care to direct suppliers, which Altmaier also called for, would finally reduce the law to absurdity, since it would then neither cover child labor on cocoa plantations nor environmental damage in raw material extraction […] Such a law would run counter to any idea of corporate human rights responsibility . This would mean that Germany would lag far behind international standards and would also thwart the current negotiations at EU level. We therefore expect Angela Merkel, Armin Laschet and the other members of the coalition committee to finally make a clear commitment to the coalition agreement and to pass the present compromise for a supply chain law now without further watering it down and delaying it.“, said Johannes Heeg, spokesman for the civil society alliance “Initiative Supply Chain Act”.

Please refer: Gegen Kinderarbeit und Umweltzerstörung: Wirtschaftsminister Altmaier blockiert Lieferkettengesetz  (German)

2021-02-15T08:48:44+01:00February 3rd, 2021|

A big step towards the EU supply chain law

“The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament yesterday voted for a European supply chain law. … The committee has thus voted in favor of a proposal on what a European supply chain law should look like – namely effectively. Companies should be obliged to avoid human rights violations and environmental destruction along their entire value chain. If companies fail to comply, they should be able to be sanctioned and made liable.

So is that all good? Can we lean back in Germany now because the EU is now taking care of everything?

No, on the contrary. A German supply chain law is more important than ever. Because the EU supply chain law is everything, just not a sure-fire success. The way there is still long, full of obstacles and will probably take several years. It is therefore crucial that Germany lead by example. If the largest economy in Europe gives its companies clear rules on human rights and environmental standards, then it is very likely that the EU will follow suit: The German supply chain law could become a blueprint for a European solution. That is why an effective, far-reaching law is so important in Germany – and a weak law so fatal.”

Siehe: EU macht großen Schritt für Menschenrechte und Umwelt – was heißt das für das Lieferkettengesetz?

2021-02-15T08:48:55+01:00January 28th, 2021|

Oxfam study: Covid exacerbates poverty and inequality worldwide

In a study, Oxfam described the catastrophic effects of the corona pandemic with the consequences of growing inequality and poverty, or in the words of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres:

The COVID-19 pandemic has played an important  role in highlighting growing inequalities. It exposed the myth that everyone is in the same boat. While we are all floating on the same sea, it’s clear that some are in superyachts, while others are clinging to the drifting  debris.“

This can already be seen in the first few months in the growing gap between rich and poor. However – according to Oxfam – this would not have to be accepted, but the governments could respond appropriately with the right measures, among other things…

  • … governments must recognize the value of care and welfare systems and invest in free quality public services and social protection to support everyone, from cradle to grave
  • … governments … must protect and empower all workers by mandating dignified working conditions and fair wages for all, and living wages for all workers, along with ensuring the right to collective organization and unionization of workers, so that employers and large shareholders can be held accountable
  • … closing down tax havens, ending wasteful tax competition and ensuring fair levels of taxation on the most profitable multinational corporations and the wealthiest individuals offers an obvious solution, as recently recommended by the IMF

Please refer:

2021-02-15T08:49:21+01:00January 28th, 2021|

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