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Luxembourg – Supply chains

Introduction (pg. 9)

… The NAP is designed to complement the efforts of the Luxembourg Government towards the achievement of the SDGs by providing businesses with the information and means to enable them to respect human rights internally and throughout their economic value chains…

 

Part I – Rational Framework for the development, adoption and implementation of the NAP

1. International Context

1.2. European Union (pg. 13)

In its conclusions of 20 June 2016, the EU Council of Ministers emphasized “the important role that business should play in helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in implementing the Agenda 2030. The Council also notes that “respect for human rights in business and its consideration in business activities and value chains and supply chains are essential for sustainable development and the achievement of the SDGs”.

 

1.5. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (pg. 14)

Indeed, the NCP network is currently the only government mechanism for out-of-court conflict resolution. It provides stakeholders with a platform to address grievances arising during operations carried out by companies in or from Member States. The impact and influence of this instrument goes even further if we consider that the big companies of the industrialized countries, most of them member states of the OECD, have considerable power over non-Member States through the increasingly global network of supply chains and outsourcing and, therefore, have the ability to impose their standards. It is therefore essential, as part of a process such as the PAN, to measure its full scope and the precursory role.

 

Part III – NAP

1. Declaration of Engagement (pg. 26)

…The overall objective of this NAP is to strengthen the protection and promotion of human rights in the context of corporate policies, governance and economic activities. With this in mind, the NAP aims to raise awareness of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, to see them applied at company and value chain levels and to verify their implementation.


3. Government’s Response

3.2. A joint work program (pg.30)

…In order to ensure a concrete follow-up that will allow a real measure of the commitment made by one another, it is proposed to organize training based on the UN Guiding Principles for the staff of signatory companies. To this end, a collaboration between the INDR and House of Training is encouraged in the second half of 2018. The participation of non-governmental actors can be envisaged for the development of specific training modules, for example on the topic … prevention of forced labor and human trafficking in
supply chains…

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