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Australian government launches formal enquiry into establishing a UK style modern slavery legislation

‘The appalling practice of modern slavery is a scourge that regrettably continues to affect millions of people around the world, including in Australia,’ Foreign Affairs and Aid Sub-Committee Chair, Mr Chris Crewther MP, said. The inquiry ‘seeks to build on this work to explore what further changes could be made to strengthen Australia’s efforts to combat modern slavery.

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Great to see other countries following the same trend!

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Lingerie maker Victoria's Secret looks to uncover supply chain issues

Lingerie maker Victoria's Secret looks to uncover supply chain issues | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Lingerie giant Victoria’s Secret has pledged to trace the sources of its wood-based fabrics, joining the ranks of fashion companies addressing human rights and deforestation, its parent company said.
In a new policy statement, parent company L Brands said it aimed to eliminate sources of wood pulp, used to make rayon, viscose and modal, that contribute to rainforest destruction or violate the rights of local people.

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Great to see brands beginning to take responsibility for their supply chains

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Human rights and business - the first final statement from the Danish NCP and the trend towards increased accountability

Danish corporations which operate internationally should note that the Danish NCP now has demonstrated that it can take an active role in overseeing Danish corporations’ compliance with the OECD Guidelines. To avoid the risk of becoming involved in proceedings before the National Contact Point (NCP), Danish multinationals must familiarise themselves with the OECD Guidelines and incorporate the principles into their own activities as well as activities in their supply chain.

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Danish corporations are facing a stricter regime, demanding them to act responsibly in their supply chain

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Business and religious groups join forces to end modern slavery

Business and religious groups join forces to end modern slavery | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest has challenged Australian business leaders to wipe slavery out of their supply chains and backed calls for tougher rules in this country.
Mr Forrest has joined forces with faith groups calling for new legislation to outlaw modern slavery and forced labour, which is on the rise.
Writing on behalf of 18 national faith leaders has called on the federal government for an act of Parliament to discourage slavery-like conditions.
"As faith leaders united against modern slavery, we express our concerns about the welfare and human rights of thousands of migrant workers who are either at risk of or are experiencing forced labour in Australia," the letter says. 

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Business leaders in Australia are challenged to wipe slavery out of their supply chains; what trends are you observing in your country?

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Palm Oil: Global brands profiting from child and forced labour

Palm Oil: Global brands profiting from child and forced labour | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The world’s most popular food and household companies are selling food, cosmetics and other everyday staples containing palm oil tainted by shocking human rights abuses in Indonesia, with children as young as eight working in hazardous conditions, said Amnesty International in a new report published today.
The report, The great palm oil scandal: Labour abuses behind big brand names, investigates palm oil plantations in Indonesia run by the world’s biggest palm oil grower, Singapore-based agri-business Wilmar, tracing palm oil to nine global firms: AFAMSA, ADM, Colgate-Palmolive, Elevance, Kellogg’s, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser and Unilever.

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Despite efforts made by international companies to eradicate human rights abuses from their supply chain, in-depth external investigations could prove the contrary. Are you facing similar issues in your supply chain?

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Human Rights on the Pharma Risk Management Agenda

The results of the Human Rights Due Diligence Study by the British Institute of International & Comparative Law (BIICL) and the global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, launched last month, showed that many of the companies surveyed from the pharmaceutical industry had conducted a human rights due diligence process or human rights impact assessment. In fact, Pharma was the second highest result by industry sector across the whole survey of 152 multi-national organizations.
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Pharmaceutical companies are quite ahead in their respect for Human Rights, how advanced is your company in the matter?

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Henkel and BASF’s Industry Partnership with Solidaridad Demonstrate Manufacturer Commitment to Sustainable Palm Oil

Henkel and BASF’s Industry Partnership with Solidaridad Demonstrate Manufacturer Commitment to Sustainable Palm Oil | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
“We believe that we can only find solutions for sustainable, certified palm oil products by working together to preserve the forests and improve the living conditions of the people in the farming areas,” according to Jan-Peter Sander of BASF Personal Care Europe.
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Great to see two of our clients, Henkel and BASF, working together to promote sustainable palm oil production; and at the same time helping reduce destroyed endangered species habitats and having less human rights abuses in their supply chain.

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The Dirty Secret Hiding in Our Outerwear

The Dirty Secret Hiding in Our Outerwear | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Patagonia pulled on a thread and found migrant workers suffering under servitude in its supply chain. Will its disclosures prompt other brands to air their dirty laundry (or even look for it), as well?
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Qantas in China prison labour row

Qantas in China prison labour row | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Qantas, Electrolux and other international companies have ­purchased products, including airline headphones, made in a Chinese jail where inmates are regularly beaten for failing to meet production targets.
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Hundreds of companies failing to pay minimum wage

Hundreds of companies failing to pay minimum wage | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The government has named 360 businesses which have failed to pay either the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or the National Living Wage (NLW). Among them are well-known names like Debenhams, Subway, Lloyds Pharmacy and St Mirren Football Club.

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Companies in UK are failing to pay the minimum wage to their employees. Basic principles of human rights are being violated every day - are you giving the right treatment to your employees?

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Sustainable Supply Chains: Ralph Lauren Is Latest Corporation to Commit to Sourcing Materials from Responsible Suppliers 

Sustainable Supply Chains: Ralph Lauren Is Latest Corporation to Commit to Sourcing Materials from Responsible Suppliers  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The company says it will trace the source of wood-based fabrics, like viscose and rayon, used in its products, and will eliminate sources connected with rainforest destruction and human rights violations. The new policy will apply across its operations as Ralph Lauren “continues to work on its framework for tracking, assessing and developing purchasing guidelines for the raw materials used in its products.”
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Ralph Lauren Corp has developed sourcing guidelines to commit to better environmental management of its supply chain.

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Kimberly-Clark Earns Perfect Score on Human Rights Campaign’s 2017 Corporate Equality Index

Kimberly-Clark Earns Perfect Score on Human Rights Campaign’s 2017 Corporate Equality Index | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Kimberly-Clark today announced it earned a perfect score on Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation's 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees.
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Congratulations to Kimberly-Clark for such a great achievement!

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How to Comply With New Human Rights Rules

How to Comply With New Human Rights Rules | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Many companies are lagging in their efforts to achieve compliance with a spate of new laws and regulations worldwide for reporting on the used of forced labor within their supply chains, according to a report by Deloitte.
Driving the sluggishness in some measure is a lack of guidance from regulators and governments on how to comply — far different from the scenario when the SEC’s rules on conflict minerals, written to satisfy a provision of the Dodd-Frank Act, took effect in 2011.

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How are you dealing with these new laws and regulations aimed at identifying cases of human trafficking within your supply chain?

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DOL investigation reveals how retailers hide labor abuses within supply chains

DOL investigation reveals how retailers hide labor abuses within supply chains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Between April and July of 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) uncovered wage violations at 85% of the 77 independent Southern California factories investigated, reported the Los Angeles Times last week. Ross Dress for Less, Forever 21 and T.J. Maxx were found to have close ties to the suppliers with the most offenses. Roughly $1.1 million in unpaid wages are owed workers.

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Non-profit human rights watchdogs have been particularly useful for uncovering violations lately. How are you ensuring that there is no labour abuse in your supply chain?

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Tech Giants Look the Other Way on Rights Abuses Stemming From Cobalt Mining in Congo

Tech Giants Look the Other Way on Rights Abuses Stemming From Cobalt Mining in Congo | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Democratic Republic of Congo is paying the price for being the world’s largest producer of raw cobalt, a vital ingredient in lithium-ion batteries for electric cars, smartphones, laptops and other rechargeable devices. As Congolese search for the valuable mineral—cobalt is the most expensive part of lithium-ion batteries—they are suffering a surge in child labor, poverty, pollution and rare birth defects.
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Companies may want to get away from the problem existing in their supply chain but the problem is still there. Do you have your eyes wide open on the subject and are you reacting to that in your business? 

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Supply chain focus for next Puma sustainability targets

Supply chain focus for next Puma sustainability targets | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

'German sportswear brand Puma has set new sustainability targets for the next five-years, shifting its focus deeper into the supply chain.'

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Great to see that companies such as puma are starting to look after health & safety, human rights and business ethics issues across their supply chain

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Study finds Audits in global supply chains for multinational corporations fail to detect serious abuses

Study finds Audits in global supply chains for multinational corporations fail to detect serious abuses | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The inspection and auditing system for global supply chains is ‘working’ for corporations, but failing workers in developing countries and the planet
Exclusive interviews reveal that labour abuses, poor working conditions and environmental degradation within global supply chains remain widespread
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Audits have been under fire for a while now, but this study goes so far as to say it's a 'system' that is doing more harm than good, and preventing real progress.

Read it and make your own judgement...

There may still be effective use - when combined with other types of assessments and evaluations, and with rigorous oversight.

(This is the subject of an upcoming blog series - keep an eye peeled for it on blogspot.ecovadis.com)

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