5 ACTIONS BUSINESSES CAN TAKE IMMEDIATELY TO UNDERSTAND AND ELIMINATE MODERN SLAVERY IN THEIR SUPPLY CHAIN
Achilles, a leading provider of supplier risk management, hosted over 250 buyers and suppliers from the utilities, rail and construction communities at Achilles Live in London this month.
A critical human rights issue that faces all industries is how to tackle modern slavery within the supply chain. Keynote speaker Klára Skrivánková of Anti-Slavery International addressed delegates, and highlighted some key actions businesses can take today that are straightforward, meaningful and easily actionable;
A complex web of global supply chains makes the visibility of modern slavery difficult, however it is clear from the engagement of buyers and suppliers at Achilles Live that there is an appetite for more information and clarity on policy, and how to go further than simply demonstrating compliance.
During her keynote speech at Achilles Live, Klára Skrivánková commented; “Understanding the working practises within all industries becomes an essential operational measure. Due diligence should be embedded into all areas of business, setting benchmarks and standards throughout the whole supply chain.”
“Organisations that already demonstrate compliance must now be proactive and transparent by providing evidence of labour practices across all parts of the business, and those who do not, must start. Businesses must opt to be part of the solution, and remove themselves from those who become part of the problem.”
In April 2017, Achilles launched the Labour Practises Audit, which enables businesses to gain greater visibility and understanding of the labour practises of their organisation and supply chain. The audit enables them to scrutinise three specific aspects of this complex area of legislation: worker engagement, personnel file compliance and management systems compliance. The product complements the core Achilles audit offering.
Jay Katzen, Chief Executive Officer for Achilles, said: “We are dedicated to the eradication of modern slavery by working closely with buyers and suppliers. We recently launched the Labour Practise Audit, which enables our buyers and suppliers to gain greater visibility and understanding of the labour practises within their organisation and supply chains.”
“Collectively we need to strive for reform on modern slavery, it is our moral and ethical responsibility to work together to remove the issue altogether. It should not be an option, it should be a mandate, as it is truly one of the most significant human rights issues of our time.”