On 2 September, Marlese Von Broembsen, Director of WIEGO’s Law Programme, participated in a moderated virtual discussion: “Responsible Business Conduct for Children: Strengthening EU Policy Measures to Address Business Impact on Children’s Rights in Business Operations and Supply Chains” organized by the German Presidency of the Council of the EU and UNICEF.
Marlese was joined by experts, stakeholders and officials from EU Institutions and Member States in an event that aimed to highlight the adverse impacts of supply chains on children, the root causes of these impacts (in particular low wages paid to their parents) and key considerations to improve the situation through holistic government and business approaches.
This discussion will contribute to an EU Directive on mandatory due diligence in supply chains in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human RIghts.
Marlese’s presentation entitled "Informal employment in global supply chains: inclusive policy measures" focused on three main themes: 1. The inclusion of all workers, including home workers; 2. The regulation of the MNE’s procurement practices and; 3. Effective enforcement mechanisms.