Labour, Business and Human Rights

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Labour, Business and Human Rights 2019-03-04T07:07:19+00:00

SDG Goal 8 aims for decent work and economic growth. The current trend indicates that the concentration of wealth is increasing, workers are gaining less than they deserve in terms of productivity and living wage, and this may be further exacerbated in the transition to the digitalized economy. Furthermore, adverse human rights impacts can take place throughout global value chain.

The issue of Business and Human Rights is a cross-cutting issue. To ensure a decent work at work throughout supply chains, it is imperative that not only corporate but the government promotes an enabling environment for corporate to respect human rights.

As part of the exchange process that will take part in this group, the following lines of debate are suggested:

  • Labour (Employment)
    G20 can lead the development of a more equitable and sustainable economy in line with the SDGs. In order to ensure decent work and protect workers from inequalities, discrimination and exploitation, this working group can discuss the following themes for G20 2019 Japan.

    • employability, labour integration, social inclusion and human security (elders, youth, people with disabilities, migrant and refugees, poor/needy persons)
    • gender inequality in the labour market
    • modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour in the global supply chains
    • new and various forms of work and enterprises (cooperatives, non-profits and other social economy organizations)
  • Business and Human Rights
    The role of corporate and its human rights impact focusing on how to hold companies and private actors accountable and transparent for their violations of rights in their operations across the supply chain considering both legal and non-legal avenues through:

    • Creation of a national action plan to implement the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights; and
    • mechanism for meaningful engagement with all relevant stakeholders including the affected, NGOs and trade unions and labour rights groups
Kaori Kuroda
Kaori Kuroda
Local coordinator, Civil Society for Japan’s National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights.
Valdinei Valerio Da Silva
Valdinei Valerio Da Silva
International coordinator, Rede Pró-Aprendiz.