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City council to propose social contracting

30 January 2008 - The municipality should ask subcontractors to contribute to achieving its social and environmental goals. Council members of PvdA, GroenLinks and SP are preparing a proposal to that effect.

In the 2006 coalition agreement, governing parties PvdA and GroenLinks agreed to introduce contract compliance. Council member Emre Ünver (PvdA): “I’ve raised this issue three times now, and each time I was promised that such a policy was under preparation”.

Rather than wait for the administration to act, Ünver is now preparing a proposal with fellow council members Marco de Goede (GroenLinks) and Maureen van der Pligt (SP).

While the details of the proposal have yet to be elaborated, Ünver is thinking of a flexible approach. “An IT company may not have jobs for the long-term unemployed, but surely they can make some other contribution, for example planting trees”. He said that the development of the Zuidas business district offers many opportunities for socially responsible contracting.

Last week, Ünver attended a meeting of the new Alliance for a Fair Amsterdam, at which a presentation of the cleaners’ campaign ‘For a better future’ was given. The campaign promotes socially responsible contracting as a means to improve social conditions in the cleaning sector as well as give workers the opportunity to join a union without facing repercussions.

Ünver says the proposal he is preparing will probably not refer to specific sectors such as the cleaning sector. However, the cleaners’ demands may in some way be included in the proposal.

See also: Amsterdam creates its own poverty


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