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Council conclusions on responsible global value chains

In the conclusions adopted by the Council on 12 May 2016, Member States call on the Commission to further support actions aimed at enhancing private sector engagement for development and responsible business conducts. EU Foreign Affairs Ministers recognise that global value chains have become an important feature of global production patterns. They welcome initiatives promoting responsible supply chains such as DG Devco’s Garment Initiative. While the Council encourages the Commission to further ensure that policies contribute to support sustainability in global value chains and to enhance the implementation of due diligence, they do not ask for legal measures. In the resolution, Member States stressed the key role the private sector has to play in the promotion of responsible practices.

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