Implementing specific areas addressed by codes
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The multinational enterprises (MNEs) interviewed for this chapter face the challenge of having to consider an array of management, labour and manufacturing practices, addressing the social, labour and environmental goals embodied in their codes. Almost all MNEs codes provide some recognition and respect for the right of employees to freedom of association and collective bargaining. However, few codes stipulate that the MNE or their business partners must take positive steps to support that right. Codes simply say that no work for children is allowed without actually specifying the age. Code provisions for forced labour generally stipulate that MNEs and their business partners not use forced labour in the manufacture of products. Forced labour is commonly defined in MNE codes as including prison, indentured or bonded labour. The codes of companies that participated in this report generally require that the supplier observe either local labour laws or the code requirements, whichever is more stringent.