Freiburg (dpa / lsw) – Misereor bishop Stephan Burger demands from the federal government a law to ban child labor and exploitation worldwide. The grand coalition anchored this so-called supply chain law in the coalition agreement, said Burger in Freiburg on Monday. This legislative period still had to be passed. In addition, the government should campaign for Europe-wide regulation. The law forces companies to comply with international human rights standards.
All large companies would then be obliged to pay fair wages for the production of shoes, clothing or coffee, for example, and to end child labor. For example, textile workers in Bangladesh, cocoa pickers in West Africa or indigenous communities in Brazil could be better protected against exploitation.
Burger is an archbishop in Freiburg. He heads the Catholic development agency Misereor in the German Bishops’ Conference. More than 110 bishops worldwide have signed the Catholic Church’s appeal to businesses to commit to human rights and environmental standards.