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Ban forced labour and modern slavery!

OUR VISION - A WORLD FREE FROM FORCED LABOUR

Worldwide around 25 million people are estimated to be in forced labour, being made to work against their will under threat of punishment. The products they make can end up in the European market, making European citizens unwillingly consumers and contributors to this exploitation. This has to stop!

END MODERN SLAVERY: BAN PRODUCTS MADE WITH FORCED LABOUR FROM THE EU MARKET 

The EU must make sure that we stop fuelling the demand for forced labour. Products tainted with forced labour do not have any place on our shelves. We need strong EU rules to prevent such goods from entering the European market.

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OUR KEY DEMANDS

  • An EU import ban on products made with forced labour. A similar ban already exists in the US and Canada. It should allow EU authorities to stop products tainted with forced labour from entering the EU market at the border. The ban should be based on ILO conventions and will complement the new 'due diligence' rules (which requires companies to respect human rights and environmental standards in their supply chains).
  • Remediation for workers affected by forced labour, paid and provided by the companies responsible. The terms should be agreed with trade unions and based on international standards. Remediation  must be offered before any import restrictions are lifted.
  • A safe and secure complaints procedure. Stakeholders concerned about products made (in part or in whole) with forced labour should have the right to make a complaint to the relevant authorities without fear of reprisal. There should be a formalised and secure procedure, and a system at EU level to ensure transparency of all procedures launched.

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Press release

ILO Asia-Pacific

Greens/EFA welcomes COM proposal holding companies accountable for human rights and environmental violations

Opinion

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Shipping containers and cranes/ CC0 Ammiel JR

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Policy

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Study

Study commissioned by Anna Cavazzi on forced labour

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Study

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Position paper

Position paper of the Green MEPs of the International Trade Committee on the Review of the 15-point action plan