Poland: Conference on Sustainable Supply Chains highlights measures by Polish cos to address human rights issues

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4 December 2017

27.10.2017 - Conference "Sustainability in Supply Chains"

Author: Polish Institute for Human Rights and Business

Presentations from the conference can be found here.

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4 December 2017

Reporting Back: Sustainability in Supply Chains

Author: SMART

What can states and businesses do to drive sustainability in global supply chains? What does it take to make sustainability a core part of any business plan or public operation?... The session [on] ... public procurement .... emphasized the UN Guiding Principle 6 that highlights the role of public procurement as one of the tools that states can use to implement respect for and promote human rights... Given states’ purchasing power and scale, they can [...] help improve performance and rights’ compliance, and promote best cases. Identified criteria for successful collaboration between states and businesses were openness, transparency and willingness to change business practices... LPP S.A., the biggest Polish textile and ready garments company, outlined the steps they undertook after the Rana Plaza catastrophe in Dhaka, Bangladesh... [T]he issues discussed during the conference in Warsaw are a reflection of a global debate.  Modern slavery, forced labour and violations of workers’ rights still takes place in global supply chains. States, businesses and conscious consumers have the power and tools to affect and change that picture. The nation state has a key role in this as a buyer, investor, regulator, owner and consumer, and transparency on all levels is crucial to make this change happen...

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