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UPS drivers trained to spot human trafficking

UPS drivers trained to spot human trafficking | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

UPS's 8,000 freight drivers will receive the training, which began last month, by the end of the year, according to UPS spokeswoman Kara Ross.

“UPS Freight is in a unique position to help identify traffickers and trafficking victims by educating our drivers and management on this epidemic impacting our local communities,” Rich McArdle, president of UPS Freight, said in the release. “We are proud to take a stand in fighting human trafficking and look forward to working with Truckers Against Trafficking on this initiative that will save lives.”

EcoVadis's insight:

January is recognized nationally, in the U.S., as Human Trafficking Awareness Month; how are you creating awareness in your business/supply chain?

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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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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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Experts Spell Out Five Key Tools To Combat Trafficking In 2017 

Experts Spell Out Five Key Tools To Combat Trafficking In 2017  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

With the power of technology and legal clout, many experts agree that 2017 could be the tipping point in the global battle against human trafficking and modern slavery.
An estimated 45.8 million people live in some form of slavery across the world, according to the 2016 Global Slavery Index by human rights group Walk Free Foundation.
Yet pressure and awareness are now building, big business is starting to lead the way, new laws are being put in place and potentially game-changing technology is available.

EcoVadis's insight:

Read what experts think are the most important tools to tackle illegal trade in humans

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Construction industry unaware of modern slavery risks, survey finds

Construction industry unaware of modern slavery risks, survey finds | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
While 84% of respondents from a sample survey of the group’s 14,000 construction industry members agreed that the UK should take leadership on modern slavery and human trafficking, 51% conceded a lack of knowledge about necessary measures to take if the issue was met in their organisation.
EcoVadis's insight:

There is a great need by all tiers of the supply chain to work together to turn awareness into action. Are you working your way in your supply chain to take action against modern slavery?

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Norm Miller's curator insight, October 24, 2016 12:56 PM
With so many desperate immigrants in the world modern day exploitation is possible or various forms of slave labor.

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