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Margherita Pieraccini and Tonia Novitz

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529201000

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529201000.001.0001

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Social Sustainability, Labour and Trade: Forging Connections

Social Sustainability, Labour and Trade: Forging Connections

(p.159) 6 Social Sustainability, Labour and Trade: Forging Connections
Legal Perspectives on Sustainability

Tonia Novitz

Policy Press

This chapter investigates the connections that may be forged between sustainability, labour standards and trade. It offers a history of ‘social sustainability’ considering the opportunities presented by the SDGs. The approaches taken by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the European Union (EU) are compared and contrasted, considering recent developments, such as the ILO centenary reports and instruments, alongside EU commitments to enforcement of selected ILO standards. The chapter concludes by considering how the trade and policy coherence objectives set out in SDG 17 can be achieved and how the common and divergent approaches of the ILO and EU may yet evolve. It is suggested that SDG 16 could guide the processes for dialogue that are necessary to forge connections and solutions.

Keywords:   Social, labour, trade, conditionality, sustainability, European Union (EU), International Labour Organization (ILO), SDG 8, SDG 16, SDG 17

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