Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee


Chloé Baumes

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Topic area A: International Labor Standards

As one of the country where the idea of International Labour Standards was born (during the Congress of Aix-la-Chapelle, in 1818) and as a member of the International Labor Organization since 1951, the Federal Republic of Germany gives a strong attention and is deeply concerned with International Labour Standards and the respect of its workforce rights.

Regarding its economic situation, Germany is ranked as the fourth world’s greatest power according to its GDP. Its social and economic strength enabled the country and its leaders to build a powerful economic model, often taken as an example by its neighbours and partners in Europe nowadays. Indeed, Germany embodies a unique economic and social model in which the implementation of strong labour standards are one of the main preoccupations.

Germany’s strong labour standards is due to the country’s history: the improvement in workers rights began in the early 19th century, when industrialization caused a great increase of the workforce. The ever-growing number of workers led to the development of unionism and resulted in social reforms. Indeed, in a willingness to defend and enhance workers status, the reform implemented new rights such as a coverage in case of accident at work or health insurances. The Nazi-regime marked a ma...