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Sedex Supply chain briefings: shining a spotlight on Modern Day Slavery, Latin America and China

Posted: Wednesday 28 May 14, 7.37am GMT

The first quarter of 2014 has seen the launch of three new Sedex Responsible Sourcing Insights briefings in partnership with leading risk analytics experts Maplecroft, and training, consulting and research NGO, Verité.

These briefings highlight that there is greater need than ever before for better understanding and transparency of supply chain challenges and opportunities. The full briefing series is available from the Sedex Publications webpage here.

In January, the briefing shone a spotlight on the vibrant continent of Latin America, which due to upcoming major events – the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics – is under increasing scrutiny on the region. The briefing outlines the key supply chain risks – including the impact of industry and agriculture on the environment, health and safety risks, and excessive working hours – but also the numerous opportunities and reasons why the region is set to become more and more important in terms of global supply chains.

The February briefing explores the production powerhouse of China. Despite the challenges of extremely high levels of corruption, environmental pollution issues and slow working conditions reforms, China remains the world leader in terms of productivity levels and the speed at which deliveries can be turned around. However; persistent health and safety issues, – particularly relating to chemical and machinery management – wages and working hours continue to be challenges.

In April, the briefing provides new recommendations for tackling Modern Day Slavery in global supply chains. It presents latest thinking on the risks and manifestations of human trafficking and other forms of forced labour in the supply chains of multinational enterprises. The briefing highlights the specific vulnerabilities of migrant workers, the role of labour brokers, and the mechanisms that can result in modern day slavery, with guidance on what businesses can do to reform recruitment practices to protect their workers.

Driving better understanding of sustainability standards with the new Sedex SMETA methodology ‘ITC Standards Map 2.0’

The International Trade Centre (ITC) has launched the version 2.0 of its ‘Standards Map’ web-tool that allows producers, factories and manufacturers, buyers and retailers to review and compare sustainability standards, codes of conducts, audit protocols and related best practice tools.

This new version of the Standards Map is now completely free of charge to all users and is composed of 4 modules. ITC and Sedex have partnered to include the Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) – one of the world’s most commonly used responsible audit methodologies – on the Standards Map platform, to enable quick-scan analyses, reviews and comparisons with other standards and audit systems.

Find out more information here.

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