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Catholic NGOs and COMECE on human rights violations in a globalised economy

In the follow up of the Future of Work Reflection, on 27-28 January 2020 COMECE hosted a 2-day capacity-building seminar gathering Catholic-inspired organisations to discuss possible ways to improve people’s working conditions in the global value chain.

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The event comes after two years of work in which Catholic grassroot organisations and Christian social movements collected cases of human rights violations in the globalized economy.

Based on their experience, these organisations, active at the international and EU levels, contributed to the COMECE Reflection on the Future of Work, published in November 2018 and calling the EU “to play a constructive role in the ongoing negotiations for a binding UN treaty on business and human rights”.

During the meeting, COMECE and Catholic inspired organisations engaged in a dialogue with representatives of the EU Commission, of the International Labour Organisations (ILO) and of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), highlighting the importance of promoting an international legal framework that protects workers, families and communities across the value chain in light of the challenges posed by the new forms of work on online platforms.

In the context of the ongoing review of the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy, the COMECE Assembly called the EU to take ambitious steps to ensure policy coherence between its trade, development, climate and human rights policies in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (DDGs). In particular they highlighted the importance of adopting binding and effective human rights legislation for EU-based transnational companies to ensure compliance of their actions throughout the entire supply chain with legal, social and environmental standards.

COMECE will continue supporting the initiatives of Catholic inspired NGOs, facilitating their exchange with the EU institutions.

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