Risk Management for Food Supply Chains
Increase your market share and margins by reducing opportunity cost. Resolve invisible conditions your company may unknowingly be liable to. Knowing the power of a product’s back story is an advantage over competitors and shows regulators, your buyers, and consumers that your company is operating at the next level, and investing in producers and their future success.
The Labor Safe Screen was validated by the Partnership for Freedom. We won the grand prize to the rethink supply chains.
The Labor Safe Screen is a program for food companies to insert directly into the procurement system alongside food safety screening. Versions of the Labor Safe Screen are embedded in (1) Trace Register software for food safety and traceability and (2) the fisheries social risk screening program hosted by a coalition of fisheries conservation NGOs and led by the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Seafish and Sustainable Fisheries Partnership.
The Labor Safe Screen has 3 tiers. The first tier screens products against published findings by the authorities. Tier 2 digs into the supply chain to look at supplier procedures and how protected the product and retail buyer are from forced labor. Tier 3 digs into the workplace: how protected are producers?
How Does It Work? You receive a good base map of the product supply chain to start. We add verifiable, publicly available data from the authorities. Where hotspots occur, frontline and supplier narratives are gathered. We dig in as far as you need to find exposures and to confirm products are labor safe. Your product will undergo a systematic process to build social accountability back to the base of the supply chain. Partners worldwide including UN-ACT and Labour Rights Promotion Network help you to hear the voice of producers.
For wild fisheries the process starts with the country(s) of origin for the product. All inputs to the product will be defined, including the fishing regions and fleets fishing them, country of landing, down the chain through processing and export.
For farms the chain includes the feed mills, the fish meal plants, and fisheries supplying the fish for meal in feed.
Because a sizeable fraction of seafood labor is subcontracted, just like a sizeable fraction of the raw material is brokered, the chain includes the places where trade is done through agents. You need to get past the transparency barriers where materials are mixed and lumped to know the full story. This is not forensics. The goal is to strengthen trade with a clear line of command and target for protective conditions in all aspects of production.
Your product’s chain is screened for workplace do’s and don’ts. Your suppliers will learn what’s in and out with respect to subcontracted labor, migrant worker rights and entitlements, and sourcing from areas where authorities report forced labor is significant. It doesn’t mean stopping sourcing by origin it means knowing the chain. Excercising care in the chain is like care in the garden, a little can make a big difference.
Workplace “don’ts” are clear and defined by the United Nations indicators of human trafficking.
The “do’s” are also clear. The employer has a duty to provide a safe workplace free of exposure to forced labor. We work with facility and fleet owners (vessels, farms, plants) to define and clarify all aspects of work and to protect for crew rights and entitlements so their workplaces meet the test.
How are suppliers involved? They are asked to complete an inputs and origins questionnaire. This sets a baseline for procedures, interviews, and remedies where needed. Completing the 3 tiers fulfills the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
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