Today, April 28, 2021 is the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. It promotes the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. It focuses on leveraging the elements of an occupational safety and health (OSH) system as set out in the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006 (No. 187).
The EU Due Diligence Law is to be adopted soon. It could prove more extensive than the German version because its scope will also include small and medium enterprises (SME’s) if there is a risk of them breaching human or environmental protection rights. The EU legislation rates the textile industry as a risk sector.
According to a study from 2020, only 1 in 3 enterprises in the EU actually complies with its due diligence. The EU binding rules oblige enterprises to audit their supply chains, including operational processes, direct and indirect business relations as well as investment chains. All aspects that might violate human rights including social, trade union and labor law rights, environmental standards and climate goals as well as “good governance” would have to be addressed.
This is one of the topics that will be addressed at the 37th A+A Congress for Occupational Safety and Health will be held from October 26-29, 2021, in Düsseldorf/Germany, parallel to the A+A trade fair, the world marketplace for products and services for personal protection, occupational safety and health at work.