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CEE Regional Trends and Stakeholder Dialogue …

CEE Regional Trends and Stakeholder Dialogue - Day 1 (Room XVIII) Forum on Business and Human Rights 2022

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Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - Regional trends and stakeholder dialogue
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10:00am - 11:20am CEE Regional Trends and Stakeholder Dialogue - Forum on Business and Human Rights 2022
  • In the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region, following the transition from centrally-planned economies to capitalism, legal frameworks are often designed to promote the private sector. In some cases, particularly where there is entrenched corruption, this can lead to business exemptions from their obligations to respect human rights. In addition, informal employment and unemployment are increasingly widespread problems in the region, while legislation is lagging behind, leaving those working in the gig economy vulnerable and unprotected. These issues are being exacerbated and perpetuated by toxic working culture, 'feudal' management styles and a lack of engagement with stakeholders in the region. In this context, the upcoming European Union framework on mandatory human rights due diligence – which will have a spillover effect on the broader region due to supply chain structures - has a chance to provide an opportunity to address some of these issues, but risks sending insufficiently strong signals about the importance of meaningful and safe stakeholder engagement.
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