In this joint open letter one hundred civil society organisations, among which SOMO, ask Michelle Bachelet (the new High Commissioner for Human Rights at the United Nations) to publish an online, dynamic, and regularly updated…
Agricultural produce from occupied Palestinian territories
Since 1967, Israel has been occupying parts of Palestina. This has disastrous effects on the Palestinian population, both economically as in terms of human rights.
The EU orders that if a product comes from an “Israeli settlement”, that must be explicitly stated on the package or on the shelf. However, this is never done in Dutch supermarkets.
SOMO is trying to investigate the scope of imported fruit and vegetables to the Netherlands from illegal Israeli settlements.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.