#13_Climate crisis and labour standards: How better work works for survival…

Apart from the Covid19 pandemic, the climate crisis is the single most important issue these days receiving public attention almost anywhere on the planet. Protests against how the climate crisis has been handled so far are many, and obviously, the protesters are not just going away; especially, not in a pandemic sharing so many characteristicsContinue reading “#13_Climate crisis and labour standards: How better work works for survival…”

#12_Labour standards and NGOs: Civil society’s watchdogs or corporate puppets?

Non-governmental organizations (NGO) figure prominently in almost all debates around labour standards these days. This has not been always the case and may already be indicative of a shift towards private governance in many areas concerning the enforcement of labour standards more broadly. However, there are various types of NGOs with profound differences raising doubtsContinue reading “#12_Labour standards and NGOs: Civil society’s watchdogs or corporate puppets?”

#9_From supply chain transparency to mandatory due diligence: The struggle is just beginning…

Most recently, lawmaking initiatives for a new European Union directive on mandatory due diligence in the supply chain have gained some prominence in the media and press. The proponents of this new regulation suggest combating the organized irresponsibility in transnational business operations as far as labour standards violations are concerned. In short, multinational corporations shouldContinue reading “#9_From supply chain transparency to mandatory due diligence: The struggle is just beginning…”

#7_What are (global) labour standards?

Global labour standards protect, empower, and promote those who work in the workplace and beyond. Engaging with why and how global labour standards are created and enforced requires a proper understanding of what they are. This, however, is a much more difficult question to answer than expected at first sight and usually not answered byContinue reading “#7_What are (global) labour standards?”

#6_Global Framework Agreements: Progress at snail’s pace or new boost?

With 190 conventions accompanied by recommendations and protocols, and the regular sessions of the International Labour Conference, in which representatives of states, employers and unions debate over reports the ILO’s rule system looks like an impressive framework for upholding and enforcing labour standards worldwide. Indeed, it actually is one, but still much more in termsContinue reading “#6_Global Framework Agreements: Progress at snail’s pace or new boost?”