At the beginning of the 2015, ECCJ took part to the launch of the European Flagship initiative for the responsible management of supply chains in the garment sector. This initiative, led by the development department (DG DevCo), takes place in the frame of 2015 the European Year for Development.
The supply chain of the textile industry has unfortunately been known for its tragedies. In April 2013, nine stories of concrete holding 5 garment factories in Bangladesh collapsed, killing 1,138 people and injuring over 2,000 more. At least 27 global garment brands, including Kik, C&A and Primark were sourcing low cost garments from the factory. And families are still waiting for compensation.
The new EC Initiative has the purpose to increase awareness on supply chain issues; gather support for a more responsible management as well as provide space for exchange between business, NGOs, trade unions and institutions.
ECCJ together with other NGOs send recommendations to ensure the initiative would substantially improve the global garment supply chains. At regulatory level ECCJ expects a set of legislative initiatives addressing:
• the need for transparency and traceability;
• mandatory due diligence;
• effective remediation and access to justice;
• concrete actions for specific cases, for instance the compensation to the victims of Rana Plaza.
• All the actions should be initiated or monitored by an ombudsperson mandated by the European Commission to assess and remedy human rights violations in the garment supply chain.
The joint letter can be downloaded from the link below.
The position of the Clean Clothes Campaign can be found here.