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1 Okt 2019

International Transport Workers' Federation & European Transport Workers’ Federation

Transport giant served notice under duty of vigilance law in landmark legal move

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...The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and an alliance of unions are bringing the action against XPO Logistics Europe using the French Corporate Duty of Vigilance Law. It has never before been used to hold to account a global transport company. 

The law holds businesses to certain obligations in relation to the human rights of their workers, local communities and others affected by their operations around the world. The law is French and is being used against a French company, but its reach is global because the company's obligations apply equally to the operations of its foreign subsidiaries and to its international business relationships. 

XPO's major European arm comes within the remit of the Vigilance Law and must execute, implement and publish an adequate vigilance plan. An ITF analysis has found that XPO’s current vigilance plan does not fulfil the requirements of the law...

The ITF has given XPO the three months permitted under the law to fulfil its obligations or the ITF and its partners will bring this matter before the relevant jurisdiction in France.