For many years, the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and the CorA-Network have
been working towards the goal of ensuring that transnational corporations, their subsidiaries and suppliers comply with human rights and internationally recognised social standards and norms.
Factory fires in Pakistan and Bangladesh in autumn 2012 and the collapse of the
Rana Plaza building in April 2013 killed and injured thousands of people. These
events demonstrate that in textile-producing countries not even minimal
standards of health and safety are met. Further problems like wages that fall below the poverty line, sexual harassment at work, the limitation of freedom of association and collective bargaining, as well as the use of toxic and harmful chemicals, have also been known for several years.
In view of these circumstances, the CorA-Network and the CCC strongly advocate for legal regulations including the implementation of mandatory human rights due diligence for companies, as laid out in the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights. Legal regulations would ensure that all companies comply with human rights and internationally recognised social and ecological standards. Companies would then be obligated to identify, prevent and mitigate the human rights-related risks of their activities and business relationships.
You can read the full statement here.