Beyond social auditing: Company advances

Some leading companies are beginning to recognise the flaws inherent in the practice of social auditing and the need to move beyond reliance on social audits to more collaborative and comprehensive models of human rights risk assessments and rigorous due diligence. Below are examples of practical steps companies are taking in this regard. In our blog series on this issue, expert authors discuss and reflect on solutions and what improved and accountable due diligence beyond social auditing should look like. For more information, refer back to this page

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12 April 2019

Dutch supermarket Jumbo publishes new human rights & due diligence policy in response to Oxfam campaign

Author: Anouk Franck, Oxfam Novib

"The first step is the hardest: Dutch supermarket Jumbo moves in right direction on human rights", 9 April 2019...

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25 February 2019

Dutch supermarket Albert Heijn publishes new human rights & due diligence policy in response to Oxfam campaign

Author: Ioan Nemes, Oxfam Novib

"Albert Heijn commits to become a leader on human rights", 19 Feb 2019...

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18 February 2019

Human Rights Impact Assessment of Finnish food retailer's Italian tomato supply chains released as part of pilot on going "beyond audits"

The Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) of SOK Corporation's Italian processed tomato supply chains was prepared by Oxfam as part of a pilot for the company's new approach to assessing human rights impacts in high risk supply chains that goes ‘beyon...

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11 April 2017

KiK to introduce legally binding audits for its supplier factories

Author: Just style

After garments made for KiK were found at each of the factories involved in the apparel industry's biggest tragedies, the low-cost German chain is on a mission to raise the bar on working conditions within its supply chain. Recent developments include...

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1 August 2013

[PDF] From Audit to Innovation: Advancing Human Rights in Global Supply Chains

Author: Shift

Leading brands and retailers have, for several decades, recognized the need to address adverse social and labor conditions within their supply chains. The global convergence around the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights has reaffirmed...

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