Risk-based Due Diligence for Supply Chains
Welcome to the new Labor Safe Screen, now automated and capable of screening product segments rapidly.
Winner of the Partnership for Freedom Grand Prize to rethink supply chains, the Labor Safe Screen offers screening to learn the conditions of work across the supply chain. Users learn where authorities have found forced labor conditions, which of their suppliers are actively building social accountability, and whether or not proof is available to demonstrate that facility conditions protect workers.
There is one way only to know if a product is socially accountable. That is to see the actual conditions human beings work in while making the product. That includes all work subcontracted through agents.
The Labor Safe Screen is offered by the Sustainability Incubator. Its automated version is available in the food industry in Trace Register software. Piloted in the seafood sector, where most supply chains are long and fragmented, companies using the Labor Safe Screen advance through the 3 steps of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. This is the key to success. The principles specify what works to protect human rights in business. Spoiler alert: it’s not social audits. Several sectors, notably the apparel sector, have tried and failed to get ahead of forced labor conditions in production by adding compliance demands to their suppliers, but this does not always get to the root of why a proportion of workers are unpaid or confined to illegal conditions and may leave unacceptable conditions hidden.
The sectors which have succeeded like minerals and electronics have identified risks then progressively narrowed in to build oversight and close out risks across the chain. They follow the OECD pathway for risk-based due diligence because it works, and so do we:
Worker Voice is another key element of success. Where risks exist, according to the competent authorities, then engagement with frontline human rights organizations can be a very effective strategy for resolving them. Matters like the legal standing of migrant workers, debt caused by agent fees for recruitment, precarious and unsafe work caused by a lack of training and equipment, or mismatched contract terms, can be resolved at source with their sightline and data, rather than waiting for risks to ripen into a crisis.
We have screened 118 seafood products worldwide for 18 participating companies (and counting). Our clients include importers, exporters, and processors in addition to retailers.
Two things to know:
1. What does screening entail?
Tiered screening separates products into high risk and low risk to focus investigations and target resources.
2. What does it cost?
We are launching the digital program as a low cost and continuous solution. Screen a complete product line for $25k, inclusive of all three tiers.
This is a confidential process. Results belong to the client.
Contact us for a clear plan and information strategy.