Sedex Global, provider of the world’s largest collaborative platform for sharing and managing responsible supply chain data, has partnered with the award winning training, consulting and research NGO, Verité, to publish a new briefing tackling modern day slavery risks in global supply chains.
The Modern Day Slavery Briefing presents latest thinking on the risks and manifestations of human trafficking and other forms of forced labour in the supply chains of multinational enterprises. It includes insights from Verité and Sedex on the root causes, how workers are affected, and indicators of forced labour in factories and on farms.
The briefing highlights the specific vulnerabilities of migrant workers, the role of labour brokers, and the mechanisms that can result in modern day slavery, with guidance on what businesses can do to reform recruitment practices to protect their workers.
Launched at the 2014 Sedex Global Responsible Sourcing Conference, the briefing includes recommendations to help buyers and suppliers tackle modern slavery. These cover key areas such as such raising awareness of the issue, establishing appropriate policies, supply chain mapping, assessing impact and reviewing progress, supplier accountability and collaboration.
Marianne Voss, report co-author and Stakeholder Engagement Lead for Sedex in North America, said "With surging news coverage highlighting cases of slavery, focus and scrutiny on global supply chains is increasing. We hope this new guidance helps more global businesses to play their part in contributing to the eradication of modern day slavery within their supply chains through commitment, transparency and collaboration."
Dan Viederman, CEO at Verité, said “Let us not ignore the continuing and largely hidden tragedy faced by millions of workers who are forced to work in appalling conditions: because they owe money to their recruiter; because their passports have been confiscated by their employers; or because their visa ties them to their job. Despite their severity these are solvable problems."
Sedex’s Responsible Sourcing Briefings Series provide unique insights into supply chain trends informed by data from Sedex and other partners. Each briefing focusses on a region, issue or business topic - with one published each per quarter - relating to supply chain sustainability.
Click here to download a copy of the Modern Day Slavery briefing. Other Sedex briefings are available from the Sedex Publications webpage.