UK: Sedex releases new guidance for auditors to tackle under-reporting of forced labour
On 22 March 2016, the Sedex Associate Auditor Group released guidance on how auditors can detect indicators of forced labour. The guidance, co-authored by Marianne Voss, Sedex's stakeholder executive and David Camp, Stronger Together's programme coordinator, is the product of an initiative to eliminate modern slavery by tackling audit underreporting of forced labour.
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Author: Marianne Voss, Sedex (UK) & David Camp, Stronger Together (UK)
...This Guide has been produced for use by social auditors and businesses on how to spot the signs, by proposing a list of operational indicators of actual, likely or possible situations of forced labour. This document proposes a list of pragmatic operational indicators, which either independently or in various combination can increase the risk of forced labour through a worker's employment cycle. The guide also proposes that protecting possible victims and capturing and documenting evidence should be paramount to any key steps to be taken by auditors when forced labour is suspected or found...
Author: Charlotte Durrant, Sedex (UK)
The Sedex Associate Auditor Group today releases new guidance on how to spot the signs of actual, likely or possible cases of forced labour for both auditors and audit readers. The guide...seeks to tackle the issue of modern slavery and forced labour being under reported at audit...It outlines a list of indicators, which either independently or in various combinations, can suggest where there is a risk of forced labour in a worker's employment cycle. The guide highlights the importance of protecting possible victims and advises auditors of the importance of capturing and documenting evidence when they suspect or find forced labour. It can be used as a general reference tool by auditing bodies, ethical sourcing initiatives and brands to help them understand forced labour risks and enhance their existing audit protocols...