Core Labour Standards Plus – #CLSPlus

CLS+ is about fighting for the rights of working poor in Asia. International trade through global value chains have put downward pressure on wages and working conditions in the region. To reverse this development, CLS+ is advocating for strong social clauses in trade agreements to protect the rights of workers together with other measures to push for decent work.

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Bringing together the work of our offices in the region, we provide you with the latest news on current debates, insightful research and innovative visual outputs on the future of work, geopolitics, gender justice, and social-ecological transformation.


11.03.2020 | #CLSPlus, Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Lifelong learning and vocational training are at the center of the the Regional Tripartite Social Dialogue Conference (RTSDC), held for the 10th time…


06.03.2020 | #CLSPlus, Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

To make decent working conditions and inclusive development a reality for all, industrial policy can play a key role in the Asia-Pacific region.


03.10.2019 | #CLSPlus, Trade, labour and social dialogue | News
Workers using loader crane at job site and talking to the team by walkie talkie radio.

Developing countries must do more than boost exports if they hope to improve workers’ lives. But which industrial policies have proven best at…


15.10.2018 | #CLSPlus, Trade, labour and social dialogue | News
Truck in industrial port area being let through customs

The use of targeted sanction solves the main problem with blanket sanctions—the indiscriminate impact—while preserving the most advantageous feature:…


11.10.2018 | #CLSPlus, Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Applying targeted sanctions to enforce labour standards in trade agreements and trade preferences can improve the incentive for compliance.


15.05.2018 | #CLSPlus, Trade, labour and social dialogue | News
Workers dumps a trash can into a garbage truck at road side.

Trade unions are developing strategies to address the harm a new generation of trade agreements may have on workers and access to public services in…



Do Quynh Chi, Nguyen Huyen Le & Hoang Xuan Diem | #CLSPlus | Publication

An analysis of the effects of industrial policies and tangible policy recommendations for decision-makers.


Petra Dünhaupt and Hansjörg Herr | #CLSPlus, Trade, labour and social dialogue | Publication

The complicated interaction between industrial policy and the constraint of an ever-tighter corset of rules under the World Trade Organization, free…


Peter-Tobias Stoll, Henner Gött, Patrick Abel | #CLSPlus, Trade, labour and social dialogue | Publication

A state-of-the-art, ready to use blueprint for decision-makers.


Hansjörg Herr | Future of Work, #CLSPlus | Publication

Without successful industrial policy, developing countries cannot catch up.


Clara Portela | #CLSPlus, Trade, labour and social dialogue | Publication
Publication cover mockup of FES research on Enforcing Respect for Labour Standards with Targeted Sanctions

By introducing a targeted approach to sanctions, inspired by the European Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy, it is indeed possible to advance…


Edlira Xhafa and Veasna Nuon | #CLSPlus, Trade, labour and social dialogue | Publication

"The future of ethical production for Cambodia's garment and footwear industry" examines how trade regimes, and particularly the trade arrangements…


Industrial policies for social upgrading in Asia

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