Links to stories we’re talking about in March 2018.
KnowTheChain has released a case study that examines how 10 brands including Adidas, Hugo Boss, and Puma, address forced labor risks across their leather supply chains. KnowTheChain’s first apparel and footwear benchmark, released in 2016, found a significant lack of transparency and that limited actions are being taken to address forced labor risks beyond first-tier suppliers, particularly in leather. This case study dives deeper into five footwear companies and five luxury clothing brands to find out how they are addressing forced labor risks.
On the heels of their benchmark report for the apparel and footwear sector, KnowTheChain has released a Resource and Action Guide for Apparel and Footwear Companies to assist them in delving deeper into their supply chains where there are the greatest risks of forced labor. This action guide highlights guidance on addressing risks and encourages companies to adopt new tools and unique approaches. A project of Humanity United and maintained in partnership with the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC), Sustainalytics, and Verité, KnowTheChain released benchmarks for the Information and Communications Technology sector, the Food and Beverage sector, and the Apparel and Footwear sector in 2016. Verité’s role in this collaboration is to provide advice and resources for companies to improve their policies and practices in combating forced labor and human trafficking across a range of key areas and sectors.
From ground-breaking research and new technological tools to advocacy and addressing the changing regulatory landscape in 2016, Verité continues to be at the forefront of fighting forced labor, human trafficking, and unsafe labor conditions worldwide. Read below for some highlights from 2016 in five crucial areas.
KnowTheChain’s latest benchmark evaluates the 20 largest global food and beverage companies across seven themes related to labor standards. The report found that the response to forced labor risk in the food and beverage sector is inadequate.