2. Raising Awareness & Building Capacity

Your commitment to mitigating the risk of forced labor in your supply chain is a competitive advantage. Ensuring that line managers, human resources personnel, and all third-party suppliers understand the importance of social responsibility compliance, particularly around issues of forced labor and trafficking of migrant workers, translates to a safer and more productive workforce. It assures clients – international brands – and other key stakeholders that industry Codes of Conduct will be easily applied and properly implemented in the supply chain.

Engaging people in your company will help you meet your commitment to minimize the risk of forced labor, debt bondage and trafficking in your company and supply chain.

It’s helpful to identify which levels and employees in your organization will require increased specific knowledge and skills to support your policies.

Questions for reflection include:

  • What current knowledge about forced labor, debt bondage and trafficking is already in place?
  • What procedures and decision-making processes in your organization impact these issues?
  • What knowledge, skills, and attitudes would you need to change to ensure that the employees accountable for these procedures act in ways that support your objective of staying forced-labor free?
  • What tools do you need to develop to support your employees’ ability to act and make decisions in their workplace, and in the context of their job functions, to ensure that your policies and procedures for staying forced-labor free are effective and sustainable? 
  • Is everybody in the organization and in the supply chain incentivized to demonstrate behaviors that support your objectives? 

Your answers to these questions will inform your communication and training program, which will build awareness and capacity at all levels of your organization.

The tools in this section provide information that you can translate into training and communication materials for different levels of employees within your organization and supply chain. As you begin to develop new policies and procedures within your organization to screen out and manage these issues in your operations, the employees in charge of new procedures will need to be trained to the level of detail that their jobs require.