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August 03, 2017
Forced labor in businesses—Are you responsible?
By: Bill Michels

There are many stories in the news about the lack of transparency in the supply chain, especially in the apparel and food industries. Many companies have pledged to use only renewable or recycled materials in future products to avoid using materials sourced from mines, following reports of child labor and dangerous work conditions in the mines. The problem is that supply chains are not transparent, and many of the world’s top brands have been reported as having forced labor in their supply chains.

As we live in a world that is largely driven by opinionated social media, the damage to an organization’s reputation and revenue is irreparable once human rights violations are exposed in their supply chains. This makes establishing effective governing policies regarding forced labor crucial, as organizations without any guiding principles are often the most vulnerable to risks.

You cannot effectively prevent human rights violations if your employees do not understand how and why they need to do so. Thus, this course begins with establishing the need for governing policies. It focuses on defining the key issues around forced labor in the supply chain, recognizing and listing policies and procedures, preventing forced labor, and developing a communication plan that expresses your organization’s expectations that forced labor is prohibited. This course will help you understand how to create effective codes of conduct, policies, monitoring and reporting processes, communication, and compliance criteria.

The course also explores the risks of human trafficking within the supply chain, with a strong focus on conducting supply chain audits, and establishing an effective means to report compliance issues if gaps in the audit are detected. In order to help organizations further prevent any risks within their supply chain, this course also provides an intensive look into the dos and don’ts of onboarding new suppliers.

Will a deeper understanding of the risks that allow human trafficking to prevail within your supply chain help root out all instances of forced labor? The Accenture Academy courses The Need for Governing Policies for Socially Responsible Business Practices, Risks of Human Trafficking in the Supply Chain, Onboarding New Suppliers in Compliance with Socially Responsible Business Practices, and Mapping and Auditing the Supply Chain for Socially Responsible Business Practices give you vast insight into forced labor and how you can use simple, yet effective, methods such as establishing governance and policies, onboarding new suppliers vigilantly, performing regular audits and having a reliable reporting system in place.

About Accenture Academy

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