2023 July 19

New Working Draft: Principles of Worker-Driven Remedy

Electronics Watch publishes a working draft of its Principles of Worker-Driven Remedy, as a guiding framework for public buyers and other stakeholders to address harm to workers in supply chains. Developed in consultation with trade unions, labour rights organisations, and public buyers, the Principles put affected workers at the heart of the remediation process.

Everyone who suffers harm has a right to an effective remedy. However, workers in global supply chains who suffer business-related human and labour rights abuses often receive no remediation, even when there is evidence of harm. For example, there is often no medical care for workers suffering long-term health impacts from harmful chemicals, no financial compensation for wage theft, no social or psychological support for sexual abuse. Workers may not even get an apology for harm caused. In cases when some form of remedy is provided, it is usually companies that decide what remedy they will provide, and workers are not consulted.

We believe that remedy should be provided as a right, based on international human rights law and international labour standards and have workers at its core. The importance of rights-holder involvement in remedy is widely recognised.

These new 10-point Principles define the Electronics Watch approach to worker-driven remedy, setting out the requirements of effective remedy processes and outcomes. Electronics Watch will provide support for public buyer affiliates to implement the principles in their supply chains.

Electronics Watch welcomes further comments on the working draft.

 

Read the working draft: Principles of Worker-Driven Remedy