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December 2017

Electronics Watch Annual Conference 2017: Public Buyer's Role in Protecting the Rights of Electronics Workers

7 December 2017, 8:30 - 17:30
London, United Kingdom

This event, taking place the 7 December in London, will focus on precarious labour in the electronics industry and explore ways in which public sector buyers can help protect the rights of workers in unreliable and often abusive forms of employment.

As in previous years, the Conference will feature leading practitioners in the field of socially responsible public procurement, experts in international labour rights, and grassroots workplace monitors from electronics production regions around the world.

Electronics workers in precarious forms of employment earn low wages, work unpredictable hours, may not be properly trained for hazardous work, and risk losing their jobs and sometimes residency permits should they speak up for their rights. They may be employed legally or illegally, directly or indirectly for the factory where they work. They may be migrants or local workers, student workers or trainees, and work in any country. Electronics Watch highlights the challenges of precarious work in factories that make the electronic goods public sector organisations buy and helps to develop solutions that involve local civil society organisations, trade unions, electronics brands, and factories.

If you wish to register and for more information, visit the event’s page.

EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award Launch

7 December 2017, 12:30 - 14:30
Brussels, Belgium

The event will take place on 7 December 2017 in Brussels, at the Committee of Regions and will officially launch the EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award.

The EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award is an initiative of the European Commission, which the Directorate-General for Trade (DG Trade) launched as a commitment of its "Trade for all" communication on trade and investment policy, published in 2015. The Award is part of EU’s efforts to raise awareness about how purchasing decisions of EU consumers can affect the environment and livelihoods of people in other countries – and the role that cities and local authorities must play.

The launch event will include presentations followed by Q&A and a buffet.

Registration will be closing on the 30th of November.

You can find more information on the Awards website or register to the event here.

Webinar: A Municipal Guide to Climate-Friendly Food Purchasing

13 December 2017, 8:00 - 9:30


This webinar will highlight recommendations from The Meat of the Matter: A Municipal Guide to Climate-Friendly Food Purchasing, a new resource developed by Friends of the Earth and the Responsible Purchasing Network.

Topics will include environmental, health, and financial benefits of transitioning institutional purchasing towards more plant-based foods; how to develop a climate-friendly food procurement policy and standards; and how to design an implementation plan, conduct staff training, update bid solicitation language, and track progress.

You can register to the webinar here.

Beyond the Circular Procurement Package: Priorities for the EU

14 December 2017, 8:30 - 10:30
Brussels, Belgium

This discussion, taking place the 14 December in Brussels, will explore the progress made to date by businesses and EU institutions on resource efficiency and debate priority areas of action for the years to come.

The sessions will include a presentation on Circular Procurement, exploring concepts and ideas related to the topic, including references to circular procurement examples.

With the Circular Economy Package and its Action Plan nearing completion and with businesses needing long-term policy certainty to invest in new business models, this event will mark the launch of the Aldersgate Group’s latest briefing on resource efficiency. This briefing will feature a range of new business case studies on the circular economy, together with recommendations on policy priorities beyond the end of the Circular Economy Package.

Please note that due to limited room capacity, places will be confirmed by Thursday 30th November.

For more information and to register visit the event's page.