EU Instruments to control the import of forced labour products

EU instruments paper

A consortium of NGOs recently published a position paper concerning EU instruments to control the import of products that are made with forced labour in the value chain. LSI’s member Anti-Slavery International, Clean Clothes Campaign and the European Coalition for Corporate Justice are part of this consortium.

The paper calls on the EU to introduce the obligation for companies to conduct Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence and to ensure that victims have the legal possibility to ask for economic compensation. The signatories stress that an EU-wide import control instrument for products made with forced labour would be additional and complementary to the above mentioned obligation.

Such an instrument would need to have specific characteristics, such as the possibility for stakeholders to be consulted, and would need accompanying reforms to ensure greater transparency.

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