The EESC issues between 160 and 190 opinions and information reports a year.
It also organises several annual initiatives and events with a focus on civil society and citizens’ participation such as the Civil Society Prize, the Civil Society Days, the Your Europe, Your Say youth plenary and the ECI Day.
The EESC brings together representatives from all areas of organised civil society, who give their independent advice on EU policies and legislation. The EESC's326 Members are organised into three groups: Employers, Workers and Various Interests.
The EESC has six sections, specialising in concrete topics of relevance to the citizens of the European Union, ranging from social to economic affairs, energy, environment, external relations or the internal market.
underlines the importance of the Commission establishing a strategy to promote decent work not only within the EU but throughout the world; it welcomes the fact that the new framework combines the ban of products made through forced labour from entering the EU with a system of enforcement guarantees based on international standards, due diligence and transparency obligations. However, it believes that the Commission should carry out an assessment on its economic, social and environmental impact, especially with regard to SMEs;
notes that, despite improvements, decent work is still not a reality for many people around the world. It is convinced that the EU must continue to strengthen its role as a socially responsible leader in the world by using and developing all available instruments – including legislative instruments;
welcomes the fact that the Communication to promote decent work in all sectors and fields of action offers a global approach aimed at all workers in national markets, in non-EU countries and in global supply chains. The EU must use all its policies, both internal and external , to promote and ensure decent work worldwide, placing this objective at the core of a sustainable and inclusive recovery and of the digital transition;
urges the Commission to develop specific aspects of the principle of decent work that today have a particular social and economic value, e.g. the fight against excluding the most vulnerable populations in the labour market; occupational health and safety; and the sustainable nature of employment in the green transition; as well as gender equality and non-discrimination;
particularly appreciates the EU's proposal to use trade policy as an instrument to incite third-country companies to comply with international labour standards, promoting decent work in all countries – including neighbouring countries;
welcomes the proposal to include mechanisms to assess and monitor the degree of compliance with the Due Diligence Directive. However, notes with concern that these mechanisms do not provide for social dialogue with social partners and therefore calls on the Commission to clearly provide for such mechanisms in the proposed legislative text;
calls for both EU support for a binding UN treaty on business and human rights, and an ILO convention on decent work in supply chains.