On 7 September 2017, FTA Director General Christian Ewert met with Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to European Union, H.E. Mr. Manasvi Srisodapol, together with Minister Mr. Duangarthit Nidh-u-tai, Head of Commercial Affairs Office, Royal Thai Embassy. This meeting was organised to formalise a new collaboration to enhance capacities of Thai companies on social performance for European market.
The collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce of the Royal Government of Thailand aims to support Thai companies in embedding good social performance in their operations and supply chains as well as identifying leading businesses that will inspire others to build prosperous and responsible business.
The project will support companies in adjusting to the country’s new legislation. Thailand has now completed a zero draft of the Royal Ordinance on Prevention of Forced Labour, paving way for a speedy ratification of the Protocol to ILO Convention No. 29 –expected by end of 2017. In a separate but complementary initiative, the Trafficking in Persons Act, which came into force on 26 January 2017 has introduced a clear definition of forced labour as part of human trafficking offence as well as a separate offence for victims 15 years old and under.
This collaboration represents a new stage in promoting better working conditions in Thailand and builds on the long-lasting engagement that FTA has built over the last three years with the Thai business community and international organisations such as the International Labour Organization (ILO) and International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Throughout the next 12 months, up to 70 Thai producing companies - particularly those employing migrant workers - will expand their expertise to address and mitigate adverse impacts from abusive recruitment practices. With this effort, FTA expects to scale up its leverage in the country allowing producers to increase transparency and satisfy market expectations.
The collaboration will be launched at the FTA Multi-stakeholder Forum: Enhancing Social Performance Thai Supply Chains on 21 September in Bangkok, Thailand. BSCI participants and Thai companies are invited to participate in the event and submit their expression of interest to benefit from the project.
Contact: Veronica Rubio, Senior Manager - Strategic Programmes