Complaint against C&A
In July 2020, SOMO together with two other organisations, filed a complaint against C&A at the complaint mechanism of the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textiles. The reason is C&A’s substandard efforts to tackle problems at the Roo Hsing garment factory in Myanmar.
In 2018, Roo Hsing’s management repressed the trade union that had just started and forced employees to agree to an unfavourable bonus system.
We filed the complaint together with Clean Clothes Campaign Netherlands (SKC) and Action Labour right (ALR) from Myanmar.read more less
Sustainable Supply Chains
Many of the problems facing people in middle and low income countries (indirectly) result from the practices and policies of multinational corporations at the end of the supply chain.
Bad working conditions and unsustainable practices
Many people in these sectors are working under inhumane and dangerous conditions with little or no respect for labour rights or environmental standards. Excessive hours, low wages and precarious employment conditions are common in supply chains of the garments, electronics and food sectors. It’s no coincidence that those who are especially vulnerable to abuse and exploitation – migrants, young people and women – are heavily employed in these sectors.
Binding regulations and good practices
Together with trade unions and other civil society organisations, SOMO presses for the promotion and protection of the rights of workers, communities and individuals in all stages of supply chains. SOMO pushes for regulation, policies and practices that ensure decent work and sustainability, including legally enforceable corporate accountability mechanisms and a leading role for workers in monitoring and ensuring improvement of workplace conditions. SOMO promotes sustainable public procurement which, by mobilising the massive purchasing power of the public sector, can bring about structural improvements in supply chains.