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US clothing company drops Chinese supplier over Xinjiang forced labour concerns 

US clothing company drops Chinese supplier over Xinjiang forced labour concerns  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A US sportswear company has stopped using a Chinese supplier following concerns it was using forced labour in camps in Xinjiang.
Badger Sportswear, a company based in North Carolina, said it would stop sourcing clothing from Hetian Taida in north-western China. The company said in a statement posted on its website on Wednesday: “Out of an abundance of caution and to eliminate any concerns about our supply chain given the controversy around doing business in north-western China, we will no longer source any product from Hetian Taida or this region of China.”

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Agriculture, food and beverage processing, manufacturing and construction are sectors that are especially prone to violations and corruption. To illustrate the scale and reach of human rights abuses, the U.S. Department of Labor has identified 139 goods from 75 countries most likely made by forced and child labour.

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Merry or misery? Shoppers urged to avoid Christmas gifts linked to slavery

Merry or misery? Shoppers urged to avoid Christmas gifts linked to slavery | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Christmas holidaymakers have been warned by officials and campaigners not to inadvertently fund slavery with their gift lists as awareness grows over forced and child labour used in a list of products from princess dolls to sparkly make-up. Festive goods ranging from toys to novelty jumpers to counterfeit designer bags may be produced using child slaves or other abused workers in often-complex global supply chains and consumers should be asking questions, experts said.

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Major companies urged to stop telling anti-slavery 'fairytales'

Major companies urged to stop telling anti-slavery 'fairytales' | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Major corporations who claim to be committed to tackling the threat of forced labor often tell "fairytales" that belie workplace exploitation and shirk responsibility for cleaning up their supply chains, academics and activists told a conference. From tea and chocolate makers to hotels, many companies sign up to anti-slavery certification schemes or codes of conduct at the expense of taking direct action to engage with their workers and stamp out abuse, experts said at U.S.-based Yale University.

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World backs data 'revolution' in global anti-slavery drive

World backs data 'revolution' in global anti-slavery drive | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A global agreement to map and count the victims of forced labour is a landmark that activists say will revolutionise efforts to free millions of people around the world from modern slavery.

EcoVadis's insight:

Much is being done in terms of international and national regulations to eradicate modern slavery, and businesses worldwide are becoming increasingly committed to sustainable procurement. However, to make a real difference, more emphasis needs to be placed on truly understanding the plight of the people who end up in forced labor.

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Supermarkets recognise slavery risk in seafood supply chains

Supermarkets recognise slavery risk in seafood supply chains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The SCC, whose members include Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Waitrose, Marks and Spencer and Lidl, now states members must comply with the Modern Slavery Act and have policies that “consider social and ethical challenges in seafood sourcing in their supply chains”. The seafood sector has come under fire for cases of forced labour and modern slavery, mostly in Southeast Asia. SCC coordinator Oliver Tanqueray said: “The risk of modern slavery is taken very seriously by the seafood industry and it’s positive that these leading UK seafood businesses formally agree to recognise the challenge

EcoVadis's insight:

Current legislation regarding forced labor in supply chains, including the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act and the UK Modern Slavery Act, require companies to disclose their efforts to identify and prevent supply chain forced labor.

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Modern Slavery Bill Targets Canadian Imports Of Goods Made By Slaves

Modern Slavery Bill Targets Canadian Imports Of Goods Made By Slaves | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

As many as 1,200 Canadian companies could be importing products made by children and forced labourers. A proposed federal bill is hoping to crack down on Canadian companies that import products tainted by child and forced labour. The Modern Slavery Bill, tabled in the House of Commons Thursday by Liberal MP John McKay, would require companies to publicly release a report every year, detailing what they've done to ensure their supply chains are transparent and free of goods and materials fully or partially produced by children and forced labourers.

EcoVadis's insight:

Child labour can be hard to see. Multinational enterprises may be linked  to it in international supply chains directly– through their own facilities, suppliers or subcontractors – or simply by having operations in areas where child labour is common. Industries such as textiles, food and agriculture, electronics, sports, construction, hospitality and housekeeping have been mostly connected to modern slavery. But there are steps that companies can take to help eradicate human rights violations.

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Change the way you do business to tackle labour abuses, big companies told

Change the way you do business to tackle labour abuses, big companies told | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Big companies too often offload responsibility for tackling labour abuses onto suppliers, while pushing them to cut corners and demanding a quick turnaround, experts said on Friday, calling for a re-think of global business practices. Businesses face growing regulatory and consumer pressure to ensure workers in their supply chains are paid fair wages as campaigners estimate some 25 million people globally are trapped in forced labour in 2016.

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Reporting human and labor rights in palm oil: Nestlé and Sime Darby Plantation launch worker helpline

Nestlé and the Sime Darby Plantation (SDP) are joining forces to pilot a project that will help eliminate human and labor rights abuses in their shared palm oil supply chain in Malaysia. The collaboration will see a new helpline developed which allows workers to report on working conditions, recruitment, safety and other labor issues.
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UK agrees new principles to combat supply chain modern slavery

UK agrees new principles to combat supply chain modern slavery | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The UK has developed four new principles for tackling modern slavery, in partnership with the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Announced at the UN General Assembly this week, the principles focus on mobilising private sector and legislative actors to prevent and address cases of human trafficking in supply chains. The Global Slavery Index estimates that 45.8 million people across 167 countries are working in conditions defined as modern slavery. The UK Government estimated that around 13,000 people in Britain are living in modern slavery today. The UK Government has claimed that modern slavery costs the national economy around £4.3bn annually, with external reports noting that UK imports more than £13.7bn of “at-risk” goods, likely to have been produced through forced labour annually. The nations involved in the new set of principles believe that up to $600bn of purchasing power can be leveraged by governments and business to prevent forced labour across both sectors.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great job UK! EcoVadis can provide the information you need to make sure you are not knowingly employing slave labour in your supply chain. It maps supply chains to identify countries and sectors with the potential for slavery and human trafficking.

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