Human rights abuses and forced labour allegations have been the hitting headlines in recent weeks following reports of the mass internment and surveillance of over a million ethic Muslim minorities in Xinjiang, China. Sources have detailed how Uygurs are being forced to work in factories producing raw materials and goods predominantly used in food, beverage, apparel and pharmaceutical industries.
In response to such horrendous abuses, governments around the world are introducing more stringent regulations and disclosure requirements in the hope of protecting people, through the tiers. Examples of some of the key changes introduced are listed below:
To help businesses continue to operate across different country requirements and meet the changing regulations whilst reducing the risk of economic, legal and reputational harm, here we outline how implementing supply chain transparency technology can support responsible, ethical sourcing objectives.
To be able to conduct thorough due diligence and identify forced labour risk in supply chains, it’s vital to see the full scale of actors, all the way back to source. Using mapping technology to see the journey and origin of product components, businesses can focus attention on specific high-risk categories, locations or commodities in the first instance to prioritise efforts, provide sourcing evidence and inform changes to supplier relationships.
As a result of the global COVID pandemic, it’s been challenging for businesses to maintain thorough auditing practices in an increasingly remote world. Implementing a digital audit solution to send assessments through the supply chain, from anywhere in the world, can help to generate risk scores, benchmark suppliers and pinpoint human rights risks.
Maintaining an accurate paper trail for complex supply chains can be difficult. By making the switch to a centralised solution, businesses can share, request and store key policies, ranging from sustainability policies to worker welfare measures to support responsible, ethical practices and highlight potential risk.
Engaging with all actors in a value change shouldn’t be impossible. Using supply chain transparency technology empowers businesses to collaborate and educate suppliers through the tiers, driving continuous improvement and best practice.
Interested in implementing the Authenticate platform to protect people in your supply chains and conduct human rights due diligence? Get in touch.