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Factsheet for measure LV-2020-45/1474 – measures in Latvia

Memorandum on the implementation of socially responsible policies in the commerce sector

Memorands par sociāli atbildīgas politikas īstenošanu tirdzniecības nozarē

Country Latvia , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 05 November 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Non-binding recommendations or other texts
Category Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Occupational health and safety
Author Kriss Karnitis (EPC) and Eurofound
Measure added 26 November 2020 (updated 05 December 2020)

Background information

In order to help limit the spread of COVID-19 infection in society and to minimise the risks of the virus spreading at points of sale, the Ministry of Economics, together with the largest business organisations in the commerce sector, developed a memorandum on the implementation of socially responsible trade policy. The purpose of the memorandum is to implement the most appropriate measures in the trade sector to limit the spread of COVID-19 infection in accordance with the spread of the virus in the country.

Content of measure

By signing the memorandum, companies in the commerce sector have made a commitment:

  • to place additional information at the point of sale regarding the observance of epidemiological requirements;
  • if necessary, to place a notice regarding the trader's right not to serve a customer who does not comply with the epidemiological safety measures;
  • ensure that staff wear face masks;
  • to evaluate socially responsibly and not to organize activities that could motivate visitors to stay longer at the point of sale;
  • if necessary, introduce individual additional measures at the point of sale;

The Ministry of Economics has undertaken to coordinate co-operation with other state institutions in resolving issues related to COVID-19 relevant to the commerce sector, as well as to prepare joint informative materials for trade sector participants.

In turn, the state police and municipal police are committed to providing support to the sector in situations where the visitor refuses to comply with the established epidemiological safety measures, to apply the “consult first” principle under supervision.

The Latvian Employers' Confederation – peak level employers organisation, Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry , Latvian Traders 'Association, and Latvian Food Traders' Association - have signed the memorandum.

Use of measure

Up to date, 11 individual companies, the most important sector level social partners, and major peak level employer organisations and business associations have signed the memorandum. From the state side the Ministry of Economics, the state police and several local government police structures have signed the memorandum.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Workers in essential services
Companies providing essential services
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Trade unions
Employers' organisations
Company / Companies
No special funding required

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative
Form Unknown Direct consultation outside a formal body

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Only employers' organisations
  • Main level of involvement: Sectoral or branch level


In the commerce sector, employer organisations have participated in drafting the memorandum and signed it. The Latvian Employers' Confederation, the peak level employers organisation, has also signed the memorandum. The Latvian Commercial Workers Trade Union has also signed the memorandum.

Views and reactions

No specific views to report.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      G - Wholesale And Retail Trade; Repair Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles G45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
      G46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles
      G47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles

This case is not occupation-specific.


  • 04 November 2020: Ministry of Economics: Maximum safe shopping and safe working conditions for employees must be ensured at points of sale (
  • 05 November 2020: Memorandum on the implementation of socially responsible policies in the trade sector (


Eurofound (2020), Memorandum on the implementation of socially responsible policies in the commerce sector, measure LV-2020-45/1474 (measures in Latvia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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