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13 Jan 2016

KnowtheChain assesses 20 firms' action on forced labour in supply chains

As reports of human trafficking and forced labor abuses in corporate supply chains continue to increase, many companies are adopting policies and programs to mitigate these risks. Yet little is known about which companies are leading the way in human rights policy and practice, and where more efforts are needed.

Transparency Snapshot: A Pilot Benchmark Report report highlights initial findings from a KTC-developed pilot methodology that assessed company transparency and disclosure statements on forced labor in supply chains.

Twenty companies (left) were selected across three sectors: apparel & footwear, food & beverage, and Information and Communication Technology, for this initial evaluation.

During 2016, KnowtheChain will conduct sector-specific benchmarks on supply chain forced labour.

The report features positive steps by several companies including Apple, Intel and Patagonia.  It also highlights that many firms still have a long way to go, particularly on worker communication and supply chain transparency.