The Netherlands and France call for a global partnership for responsible trade
On the 31st of March, less than a year after the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh, the French and Dutch ministers for Foreign Trade, Nicole Bricq and Lilianne Ploumen, called for a global partnership for responsible trade.
According to this call, the increase in global trade should be aligned with the respect of social and environmental norms. For France and the Netherlands, this effort is necessary to make international trade fulfill its role: a source of progress, prosperity and openness, not of inequality and liability. Both countries ask to raise the level of requirement related to the integration of social norms in global trades.
This call was given formally on the 31st of March to the Secretary General of the OECD Angel Gurria and will be presented on the 26th of June to the 46 signatory countries of the OECD guidelines during the second Global Forum for Responsible Business Conduct.
Let it be reminded that on November 21st, Nicole Notat, CEO of Vigeo, handed a report to the Foreign Trade Minister Nicole Bricq to provide our recommendations on taking sustainable development into account in trade agreements. Social dumping prevention is one of the factors analyzed by Vigeo in its rating methodology. At the end of 2012, Vigeo published a study analyzing the behavior of nearly 1500 companies regarding the respect for human rights.
Read the article on the Vigeo Report given to Nicole Bricq.
Read Vigeo’s Opinion on the Rana Plaza disaster.
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