Arisa believes that governments have an important role in resolving human rights violations in supply chains.
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Governments have the primary responsibility for the protection of human rights, including the rights of workers in global supply chains.
Many South Asian manufacturing countries are highly dependent on companies in the global North and sometimes have weak governance structures. The solution cannot be solely expected from producer countries. Arisa believes governments of countries in the global North must play a pivotal role in stopping human rights violations and abuses. Internationally operating companies are based in these countries and market their products, are listed on the stock exchange or acquire funding for their activities there. Governments, through legislation and monitoring, must hold these companies to international agreements to address human rights violations in their supply chains. In addition, governments can also impose requirements on companies through business support policies and with their own public procurement to ensure that they fulfil their social responsibility – also internationally. Finally, in international policy and diplomacy, governments can increase their efforts to ensure that South Asian countries do more to safeguard human and labour rights.
In addressing governments, Arisa often works together in networks and coalitions.