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The XPO Global Union Family: Formal notice to XPO Logistics Europe under the French Corporate Duty of Vigilance Law

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and the growing XPO Global Union Family of trade unions [...] have taken action to call on XPO to comply with its duty of vigilance in relation to human rights in its supply chain.

The company has three months to respond with a new ‘vigilance plan’ that includes, at least, a comprehensive mapping of its supply chain as a first step towards an adequate plan in law...

The law sets out mandatory requirements for the vigilance plan to be included in company annual reports:

  • mapping that identifies, analyses and ranks human rights risks
  • procedures to regularly assess subcontractors, subsidiaries and suppliers
  • appropriate action to mitigate risks or prevent serious violations
  • an alert mechanism, developed in partnership with union representatives, which collects reporting of risks
  • a monitoring scheme for follow up and assessment of company measures...

An ITF analysis [...] reveals that XPO Europe’s vigilance plan [...] does not fulfil any of the above five points set out in the law. No members of the XPO Global Union Family have been consulted in relation to an XPO vigilance plan. The French law gives unions and other interested parties a right in law to directly demand compliance...