The plenary meeting of the EU sectoral social dialogue committee for sugar on 26 February was the occasion for the publication of the EU sugar industry’s CSR report for 2017. The meeting brought together representatives of the European-level social partner organisations in the sector: CEFS, representing employers, and EFFAT, representing trade unions.

The report presents a number of good social practices from companies active in the EU sugar industry. These practices are grouped into eight standards, namely:

  1. Human Rights
  2. Education, Vocational and Lifelong Training
  3. Health and Safety
  4. Relationship Between the Social Partners
  5. Fair Pay
  6. Working Conditions
  7. Restructuring
  8. Business Relations and Choice of Suppliers

The report also highlights the opportunities and risks facing the sector, and calls on the European institutions to elaborate a Plan B, which must include:

  • Better definition of crisis management tools, in particular aid for private storage.
  • Support for regional and local employment in the event of difficulties in the sector, for instance through the European Structural and Investment Funds.
  • Promotion of bio-based beet-derived products, such as renewable ethanol, bio-chemicals, and bio-plastics.

The full report can be downloaded here.