This report from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) builds upon a previous report from the ILO published in 2011 called ‘Children in hazardous work: What we know, what we need to do (ILO-IPEC, 2011)’. This new report is said to be based on new evidence ‘aiding better understanding of why this worst form of child labour persists and uncovering new interventions that might have more chance of eliminating it’. It was estimated by the ILO in 2017 that there were 152 million children in child labour and that almost 73 million of these were engaged in hazardous work.
Read the report here: https://www.ilo.org/ipec/Informationresources/WCMS_IPEC_PUB_30315/lang–en/index.htm?mc_cid=01c926b680&mc_eid=4743844cbe
The authors of this paper won the grand prize in the Partnership for Freedom challenge 2016 for their work developing technological solutions that can identify and address slavery and trafficking in goods and service supply chains. They designed a five-point-framework, called the Labor Safe Screen, and collaborated with eighteen food companies to test the results of implementing the framework. The results showed that companies can reduce forced labor using the framework.
Read the article here: http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/7/e1701833
As demonstrated by Darragh O’Keefe there is a lack of awareness of the existence of modern-slavery not just in the community but also by sourcing businesses and procurement professionals. Further, as important as increased awareness is increased preparedness to address the issue. The Commonwealth’s Modern Slavery Bill and the NSW Modern Slavery Act that was passed in June have both helped raise the issue’s profile, but in a survey conducted by Deloitte with sustainability managers, one third were unaware of the Modern Slavery Act and many thought there was only ‘a possibility’ of modern slavery in their supply chains. Further, a survey conducted in May by the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) showed ‘one in five [organisations] did not know who in their organisation was ultimately responsible’ for the issue of modern slavery in their supply chains.
This said, despite a lack of awareness and preparedness, informed organisations are ‘tending to embrace the legislation’, says Mark Lamb, general manager of CIPS Australasia. Dr Black from Deloitte states that one of the key challenges for organisations will be ‘getting visibility on supply chains’. The article goes on to discuss the importance of technology to address this issue as well as the predicted transformation of current procurement manager’s processes.
Read the article here
As Confidence in Certified Seafood- front Cover the GSSI note the problem in confidence in the seafood industry is:
As seafood production increases to meet rising global demand, so have concerns of members of the seafood supply chain, consumers and environmental NGOs over the impact that production is having on the environment. One way of providing assurances of more sustainable practices in both aquaculture production and wild capture sheries is the use of seafood certi cation schemes. The report is a about a response to this where the solution is seen as:
The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) is a unique solution to this problem. For the rst-time members of the seafood supply chain, NGOs, governmental and intergovernmental organizations and a number of independent experts have come up with a collective, non-competitive approach to provide clarity on seafood certi cation and ensure consumer con dence in certi ed seafood.
They’ve done this by following the reference documents at the heart of the process: the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF), the FAO Guidelines for Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine/Inland Capture Fisheries and the FAO Technical Guidelines for Aquaculture Certi cation (FAO Guidelines). GSSI used this foundation to create a Global Benchmark Tool for seafood certi cation schemes.
The report can be read at: http://www.ourgssi.org/assets/GSSI-Benchmarking-Tool/GlobalBenchmarkTool-18apr15-2.pdf
Thai Union realised they had slavery in their chain of supply – mainly, but not exclusively in the fishing boats. They have been working at changing the culture and the supply chain traceability and transparency. This 2016 Sustainability Report tells what they have been aiming to do and how. Key areas in their Safe and Legal Labour section include:
Thai Union Business Ethics And Labour Code Of Conduct
Human Rights And Ethical Labour Practices
Supplier Approval Process
Migrant Worker Recruitment Policy
Opting For Zero-Recruitment Fees Policy
Continues Its Transition To Digital Payments Worldwide
The full report can be read or downloaded
- FORCED LABOR ACTION COMPARED: FINDINGS FROM THREE SECTORS
- With recommendations for companies across sectors, business and multi-stakeholder associations, and investors
Forced labour is a risk for all importing global companies. Public awareness of forced labour in supply chains has grown, regulations requiring companies to take action have continued to emerge—businesses are being held to higher transparency and legal standards. Companies across all sectors importing goods from high risk countries can no longer afford to ignore this issue.
With a combined market capitalization of more than US $4 trillion, the companies analyzed by KnowTheChain represent some of the largest companies in the world. These companies were evaluated in seven categories and received a score out of 100 possible points.
Key findings across the three sectors include:
- Average sector scores were below 50/100, indicating significant room for improvement across sectors.
- Shockingly, there was one company in each sector that received a score of 0/100 indicating a concerning lack of action.
- Apparel companies tend to be more advanced, while food & beverage companies are lagging behind.
- This is reflective of the level of media attention and civil society pressure companies in each of the sectors have received.
- Companies tend to be more advanced in developing supply chain commitments and monitoring the first labour performance of first-tier suppliers.
- Companies are taking limited steps to address the exploitation of migrant workers by recruitment agencies. However, it is encouraging that a number of companies across sectors have joined the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment (thus committing to the “Employer Pays” Principle) and that some industry associations are starting to take action.
- Two areas with limited progress are engagement with supply chain workers and providing remedy for workers whose rights are violated. These areas both lack attention from companies as well as from business and multi-stakeholder associations.
For the full Report look at : https://knowthechain.org/wp-content/uploads/KTC_CrossSectoralFindings_Final.pdf