The findings reported in a new white paper from Gap Inc. and Verité, Employing Workers’ Sense of Value as a Key Performance Indicator (KPI) to Drive Facility Improvement in Social Responsibility, demonstrate that taking a worker-centric approach to sustainable supplier performance improvement can be mutually beneficial to both workers and management.
The Responsible Sourcing Tool is a new website created to help federal contractors and other companies, procurement officials, advocates, and consumers understand the risks of human trafficking in supply chains and the mechanisms to implement effective management systems to detect, prevent, and combat trafficking. The content was developed by Verité with the support and collaboration of the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons in conjunction with other State Department and U.S. Government agency experts.
The 2014-2015 Progress Report on Philip Morris International’s Agricultural Labor Practices (ALP) program, released this spring, demonstrates an approach to scaled reduction of child labor that is notable for its breadth, depth and thoughtfulness. Any effort to address child labor in a supply chain as massive as PMI’s requires recognition that progress is possible, but it will take a long time, substantial resources and continued commitment.
Important changes take time – in this case a loophole in the US Tariff Act of 1930 has just been closed, with important implications for the protection of workers in severely exploitative working conditions.