ICS joined 8 other European and US multistakeholder initiatives to sign a statement expressing deep concern over unrest resulting from the military coup that took place on February 1st in Myanmar.
The statement urges the military to respect the results of the November elections and calls for a quick and peaceful restoration of the legitimate civilian government. During this political crisis, companies sourcing from Myanmar must place special emphasis on the safety and economic security of workers. Businesses should ensure workers’ rights to peaceful protest are respected without discrimination or penalization and trade union representatives are not victimized or targeted.
Brands should strive to honor all existing commitments made to factories and ensure workers are paid for the work they do.
Finally, we encourage the international community to come together to collaborate and promote responsible action and support for the people of Myanmar.
The statement can also be read in full here.