BJ’s signs the Cotton Pledge to help eliminate forced labor in Uzbek Cotton Fields
WESTBOROUGH, Mass., January 27, 2016 /3BL Media/ - BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc., continues its opposition on the use of forced labor by joining over 200 other brands and companies in signing the Cotton Pledge, managed by the Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN). Under this pledge, BJ’s has agreed to not knowingly source Uzbek cotton for the manufacturing of any of its products until the Government of Uzbekistan ends the practice of forced labor in its cotton sector.
Slavery and forced labor continue to become increasing areas of focus for companies of all sizes. However, with complex supply chains and evolving regulations, companies find it difficult to properly disclose this information. The UK Modern Day Slavery Act was created in an effort to simplify this disclosure process. The act requires commercial enterprises to produce annual slavery and human trafficking statements.
New code of conducts are being issued that directly take the seafood industry and its issues with human slavery and forced labor into a much more serious state. The seafood supply chain has been known for its involvement with increased forced labor and modern day slavery, which warrants a stronger push to eradicate this problem within any supply chain.
As the complexity of supply chains grows, when companies expand into new markets, understanding what suppliers you work with is essential for making socially responsible decisions. The increase of many new opportunities lies outside in other global markets and with every opportunity comes with it the potential of working with many different suppliers, therefore increasing your supply chain. In the end, how well do you know your supply chain? How do you know your supply chain is conducting business ethically and employing workers to work at an acceptable standard?
EICC Code of Conduct Bans Recruitment Fees, Strengthens Key Protections for Workers
ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 8, 2015 /3BL Media/ – The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), a nonprofit coalition of leading electronics companies dedicated to supply chain responsibility, has made the eradication of forced labor a high priority in 2015 as evidenced by a series of recent actions taken to strengthen its Code of Conduct. The EICC today announced changes to its Code designed to protect workers and a membership vote to ban all recruitment fees paid by workers.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 7, 2015 /3BL Media/ –The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), a nonprofit coalition of leading electronics companies dedicated to supply chain responsibility, today announced that it will conduct shadow audits and increase its industry and government engagement in Malaysia to further combat forced labor.
Having one of the industry’s most extensive supply chains, HP is committed to ensuring fair, safe and voluntary work for every worker in our supply chain. While HP’s Supplier Code of Conduct contains our expectations for the proper treatment of all workers, we also recognize that individual worker groups, including foreign migrant workers, are particularly vulnerable and require additional protection. That’s why we’ve enhanced our comprehensive Supply Chain Responsibility program, with advanced supplier directives for the m
Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship: Webinar
The international supply chain is a complex system that requires businesses’ increased attention and transparency due to the prevalence of human rights issues, from child labor and forced labor to human trafficking. This was the topic of our most recent webinar presented in conjunction with the Department of Labor.
In our increasingly wired world, information is just a click, tweet or text away. As we saw recently, consumers are harnessing the power of technology to understand how their own purchases impact the environment. But a few organizations are using technology to spread awareness and inspire action by taking human rights violations out of the factory and into your pocket.