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Tackling Social Issues in Road Logistics

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

On 30 January, CSR Europe organises a workshop with a group of logistics companies to shape a collaborative platform to improve social standards in road transport logistics. Raymond Lausberg, Chief Inspector Highway Police, Liege, Belgium, explains European regulations on wages, social security and human rights are just not being respected. How do we respond?

Absurd!

Our consumer habits generate absurd examples of freight transport. explains Raymond Lausberg, Chief Inspector Highway Police, Liege, Belgium. For instance, building stones from Germany are shipped over to China to be assembled and processed, and then transported back to Europe to decorate a Swiss Building. Travel distance:43.000 Km.  Other example: water bottles that come from another continent to be consumed in Europe, when we have beautiful drinking water within the EU. Travel distance: 22.000 km. Not to mention the e-commerce that exponentially increases road transport.

European Regulations are NOT Controlled

One of the main issues is the living conditions of truck drivers. They can be on the road for 2-3 months, never going back home to their families during that period, while spending their weekends in their truck cabins, says the Chief inspector of the Highway Police.

Research by VNB (Transport Union for Compliance with Haulage Collective Agreements) Foundation of the FNV (Federation of Dutch Trade Unions) further highlights social and economic dislocation: drivers perform work in one country, with low wages and social contributions from another country (where they have never set foot). Cases of False documents on minimum pay and meal allowances based on absurd requirements are also being reported.

Although European and National legislation cover correct wages, social security contributions, fundamental human rights European regulations, they are not being respected as there is a lack of control and too little attention is paid to enforcement by EU member states.

How do we respond?

CSR Europe has been working with members, leading logistics companies to shape a collaborative platform answering the underlying question “How do we respond?”.  The initiative is also welcomed by Drive Sustainability members, leading automotive companies, who have highlighted the need for concerted action in the logistics supply chain.

Companies emphasized the need to create a ‘coalition of the willing’ to standardize and elevate the response of the sector to tackling social issues in the logistics supply chain.

By creating a ‘coalition of the willing’, companies will develop a common commitment on tackling social issues in the value chain in a collaborative way. The discussion so far emphasized the need for increased transparency in supply chain (in the short-term) and a roadmap for improvement of labour conditions.

Workshop on 30 January 2019

On 30 January, CSR Europe organizes a workshop with companies to take the first practical steps to creating a collaborative business platform to improve social standards and business practices in road transport logistics.

Register here