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Study finds slavery threat over supply chains
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Oct '15
Seventy one per cent of companies believe there is a likelihood of modern slavery occurring at some point within their supply chains, according to a new study. The research was a joint initiative by the Ashridge Centre for Business and Sustainability at Hult International Business School and the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) to get a snapshot of company perceptions and current responses to modern slavery at a time that the new UK Modern Slavery Act comes into effect.

It interviewed a cross-section of businesses from clothing, groceries, department stores, beverage, home and garden, fresh produce and health and personal care sectors, ETI said in a press release.

Cindy Berman, ETI Head of Knowledge and Learning and report co-author, said: “We've been working with companies on the ethical trade agenda for more than 15 years. We know that many workers are exploited – particularly migrant and vulnerable workers at the lower tiers of supply chains. But the research has revealed that some companies are becoming more honest about the risks of forced labour and are increasingly taking responsibility to address it.”

Brands and retailers are still mainly concerned with risks to their reputations if modern slavery is found, but recognise that the real risks are to the human rights of workers. And they realise that they need to take a different approach to managing risk.

Quintin Lake, report co-author and research fellow at Ashridge, said: “All of those we spoke to have publicly committed to ethical trade and are taking active steps to improve working conditions in their supply chains. However, they all agreed that the challenge of modern slavery requires distinct policies, activities and approaches. For example, many have realised that social audits are simply not revealing the hidden nature of modern slavery and they are working on better ways of finding out what is really going on in their supply chains.”

Companies are realising they need to be more innovative and to collaborate with others because they cannot tackle these problems alone, but competitive tensions can be a barrier. They highlight that building trust and working in partnership with suppliers is far more effective than compliance-driven approaches.

One important finding of the study is that addressing modern slavery is a leadership issue. Where boards and chief executives are demonstrating active engagement with this issue, those companies are much further ahead in their efforts to tackle it than those where this leadership is not evident.


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