We believe that open and sustainable trade is a major driver towards meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to achieve a better future for all.

To achieve this goal, we are proposing several policy initiatives and ideas to be considered by the Commission and European Parliament.

Harmonised human rights due diligence in the EU

A harmonised approach on human rights due diligence will maximise the protection of workers and will ensure clarity and a level playing field across businesses of all sectors and supply chains.

Download the amfori position paper "Human Rights Due Diligence: Recommendations for a European approach, taking into account key principles of due diligence"

Read our joint statement on support for EU framework on mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence

Sustainable public procurement & responsible business conduct

Public authorities should favour sustainable procurement as part of a “smart policy mix” that advances responsible business conduct while also contributing to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.

Read our guidelines on responsible purchasing practices in times of COVID-19.

Transparency in supply chains

Greater transparency in supply chains, whilst ensuring that confidentiality of business information is preserved, should be promoted. Any information provisions should be meaningful for the target audience and proportionate to the desired objective.

amfori has published a toolkit on transparency. The first document addresses the EU regulatory landscape on transparency.

Empowering women

Closing the gender gap will maximise the gains achieved through trade agreements. Promoting women empowerment at international level through trade instruments and engagement at the UN is therefore essential. We strongly believe that the EU can make a difference by including a gender lens in all of its policy-making processes.

Learn more about amfori's plan for enhancing performance and fairness by promoting gender equality in supply chains and at the workplace.

Workers’ rights and living wage

A living wage, along with other labour conditions, can be achieved if the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining is respected. Social dialogue between local stakeholders is an essential element of achieving this goal.