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G7: Responsible supply chains given short shrift, NGOs express disappointment

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In the run-up to the 2016 G7 Summit at Ise-shima, civil society organisations from Japan and from many other countries called on the G7 to continue the focus on ensuring responsible supply chains, and to renew and strengthen the commitments in this area made at the 2015 Elmau Summit. Unfortunately, despite these calls, the issue of responsible supply chains was not included the agenda at Ise-shima, and received only very brief mention in the final statement of the Summit. Several NGOs have issued a statement expressing disappointment, and calling on the G7 to, inter alia, implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The NGOs also call on the G7 to create a mechanism for meaningful consultation with stakeholders, including civil society and affected persons and communities.  

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17 June 2016

G7: Responsible Supply Chains: Civil Society Response to the G7 Ise-Shima Leaders’ Declaration

Despite the measures taken by some G7 countries as outlined in the Progress Report submitted to Ise-Shima, the reality is that the global supply chain continues to be plagued by human rights violations, damage to the environment, and poor working conditions. Civil Society called repeatedly for the Ise-Shima Summit to take a hard look at this reality, and for the G7 countries to renew their commitment to take effective, meaningful measures. Nevertheless, “responsible supply chains” was not even included in the Ise-Shima agenda, and the final declaration includes only a brief reference in the section on trade that the G7 will “continue to strive for better application of internationally recognized labour, social and environmental standards in global supply chains”. Such a passing mention cannot be said to be sufficient, and it does not appear that the issue was discussed in any detail.

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