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What Germany is doing

Promoting fair terms and conditions of employment


Dhaka, Bangladesh: A boy producing bricks.

Only when fair terms and conditions of trade have been established will de­vel­op­ing coun­tries be able to participate in world trade on equal terms. It is just as im­por­tant that terms and con­di­tions of em­ploy­ment be social and fair the world over. Minimum social stan­dards are part of human rights. German de­vel­op­ment policy is thus doing all it can within in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­sa­tions and with­in the EU to achieve that. Ger­many sup­ports the ILO, a lead in­sti­tu­tion working towards set­ting core labour stan­dards worldwide.

In­ter­na­tional businesses bear a share of the re­spon­si­bil­i­ty and have the power to eradicate social ills in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. Within their area of re­spon­si­bil­i­ty they can pre­vent human rights violations and ensure that core labour stan­dards are main­tained. The German gov­ern­ment sup­ports businesses in doing just that - for example within the frame­work of the Global Compact (a global alliance be­tween the United Nations and the private sector), and in introducing vol­un­tary codes of con­duct as part of the Round Table Codes of Conduct.

Germany also supports sustainable economic de­vel­op­ment in part­ner coun­tries that will enable them to face up to global competition.

Consumers in Germany can also sup­port these goals, for example by buying fair trade products.

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