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These Four Brands Are Fighting Forced Labor in Their Supply Chains

These Four Brands Are Fighting Forced Labor in Their Supply Chains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

KnowTheChain launched a ranking of 20 large apparel and footwear companies on their efforts to eradicate forced labor and human trafficking from their supply chains, finding that only a small group of companies seriously addresses exploitation. Most companies have systems in place to monitor and react to forced labor and human trafficking, but few companies address systemic causes.
The four highest-performing companies (Adidas, Gap, H&M and Lululemon) achieve scores above 60/100.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great to see big brands such as Adidas, Gap, H&M etc fighting against forced labour in their supply chain

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Is your T-shirt clean of slavery? Science may soon be able to tell

An estimated 46 million people are living as slaves, according the 2016 Global Slavery Index by the Walk Free Foundation, which said Uzbekistan - the world's fifth-largest cotton exporter - Turkmenistan and Tajikistan were forcing people to work in the annual cotton harvest.
Over 264 brands have signed up to a global pledge set up by the Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN), run by the California-based charity As You Sow, vowing not to use Uzbek cotton until the government stops using forced child and adult labor.
"I think many consumers would be appalled to contemplate the notion that their garment they're wearing could be the product of human trafficking," Hayward said.

EcoVadis's insight:

There are rising concerns about the global cotton industry using child and forced labor in harvesting and during the production process. Do you face similar issues in your supply chain?

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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.

EcoVadis's insight:

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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Modern slavery legislation: a global outlook

Modern slavery legislation: a global outlook | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The UK is leading the way in the fight against modern slavery through the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Is the UK legislation the gold standard?
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Excellent overview of the latest supply chain anti-slavery legislation in 10+ countries

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The Modern Slavery Act: Why Inaction May Be Commercial Suicide | Sustainable Brands

The Modern Slavery Act: Why Inaction May Be Commercial Suicide | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
“Consumers want companies to be more forthcoming on the subject of slavery,” Swenson added. “They want answers to how much brands know about slavery within their businesses and what they are doing to combat it.”
EcoVadis's insight:

With growing pressure from consumers and governments, companies from around the world are bound to put in place policies and measures to identify and combat modern slavery in their supply chains. 

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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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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. 

EcoVadis's insight:

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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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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What the New Trade Enforcement Act Lacks: An Interview with Pierre-Francois Thaler of EcoVadis

What the New Trade Enforcement Act Lacks: An Interview with Pierre-Francois Thaler of EcoVadis | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The act is more of a hindrance than a help for mature organizations that already vet and monitor their suppliers for forced labor. If any part of a company’s supply base is on this list of 400+ goods, the organization could face legal ramifications despite solid evidence that its supply chain is slavery-free. For businesses that have worked for decades to create their own comprehensive susta
EcoVadis's insight:

Nice editorial from our fearless leader on why private sector action is absolutely essential to combat human trafficking and forced labor in the supply chain. Although the law is encouraging in spirit, we hope the enforcement mechanisms for it will be adjusted to enable companies with solid supplier due diligence programs to continue their work with their suppliers.

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Companies can’t outsource due diligence if they want to end modern slavery in their supply chains | Ethical Trading Initiative

Companies can’t outsource due diligence if they want to end modern slavery in their supply chains | Ethical Trading Initiative | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Companies must build internal capability and engage directly with workers

Companies should spend their time and money more wisely. They should build their internal capability and leadership - having hard conversations internally about what needs to change in their sourcing, purchasing and human resources practices. Short-term fixes may be tempting, but this kind of investment will pay off far more in the long-term.  

 And of course, the most effective form of due diligence is to engage directly with workers and their representatives. Because workers that can advocate for themselves and negotiate their own terms and conditions are not at risk of modern slavery.
EcoVadis's insight:

Agreed. The challenge for companies is finding the right indicators and tools to focus their efforts, as many large multinationals have 10,000, 50,000 or more suppliers. 

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Supply Chain Mapping is the First Step to New Trade Act Compliance

Supply Chain Mapping is the First Step to New Trade Act Compliance | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
With the recent passage of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, which bans the U.S. from accepting imports produced by slave or child workers, companies will have to start digging further down in their supply chain to investigate whether this forced labor exists.
EcoVadis's insight:

This Act will have an important impact on worldwide procurement. Companies will have to deeply investigate their Tiers 1,2&3 suppliers in their supply chain to look for associated risks.

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