On 27 April, the report “EU flagship initiative on the garment sector”, led by MEP Lola Sánchez Caldentey, was adopted in the European Parliament (EP) plenary with a big majority of votes.
The report’s adoption comes at a very symbolic time: just a few days after the commemoration of the Rana Plaza disaster (24 April 2013) where more than 1100 people died and at the veil of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work (28 April).
SOLIDAR welcomes the report as it reflects the demands of its members and their partners in the field calling for binding EU legislation in the sector, among others to prevent producing countries from being exposed to social dumping from other countries offering cheaper labour and cheaper working conditions.
Apart from promoting voluntary initiatives, the EP report calls on the European Commission to present a legislative proposal on binding due diligence obligations for supply chains in the garment sector in line with the new OECD “Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible business conduct Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector” and on the mandatory disclosure of production locations. The report also stresses the need for collecting and publishing comprehensive data on corporate sustainability performance through the elaboration of common definitions and standards in a harmonized manner for the collection and collation of statistical data, notably on general imports.
In line with this call, SOLIDAR has co-signed – together with many other civil society organisations including the ITUC, IndustriAll, etc. – a Clean Clothes Campaign letter addressed to the European Commission with the request to propose a legislation obliging companies to disclose, on a regular basis, the names, addresses and contact details of all production units and processing facilities in their supply chain. This includes, when applicable, the parent company of the business at the site.