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Unilever plc (Unilever), the UK’s biggest listed company, ranks 2nd out of 43 companies, disclosing more information on its forced labor policies and practices than its peers across all themes. Since 2018, the company has taken some additional steps to strengthen its performance and disclosure. It discloses working with the Argentinean government on forced labor, the sourcing countries of its tea and cocoa, a training module on purchasing practices and human rights, a palm oil grievance tracker, and lower-tier audits. As the benchmark methodology requires companies to keep up with evolving stakeholder expectations and emerging good practices and the company has not improved across themes, the company’s rank decreased by one place. Notably, the company is among those achieving the highest scores on the themes of Commitment & Governance and Traceability & Risk Assessment. KnowTheChain identified two allegations of forced labor in the company’s supply chains. The company discloses that it carried out a review of its grievance procedures. However, Unliever does not disclose engagement with affected stakeholders nor remedy outcomes for workers. The company has an opportunity to improve its performance and disclosure on the themes of Purchasing Practices, Worker Voice, and Remedy.
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THEME & indicator score
The benchmark methodology has seven themes, selected to capture the key areas where companies need to take action to eradicate forced labour from their supply chains. The themes are comprised of a total of 12 key indicators. For each indicator, a company can score a total of 100 points.
Commitment and Governance
|Commitment||100 / 100|
|Supplier Code of Conduct||80 / 100|
|Management and Accountability||100 / 100|
|Training||75 / 100|
|Stakeholder Engagement||100 / 100|
Traceability and Risk Assessment
|Traceability and Supply Chain Transparency||37.5 / 100|
|Risk Assessment||100 / 100|
|Purchasing Practices||62.5 / 100|
|Supplier Selection||50 / 100|
|Integration into Supplier Contracts||30 / 100|
|Recruitment Approach||30 / 100|
|Recruitment Fees||75 / 100|
|Monitoring and Responsible Recruitment||75 / 100|
|Rights of Workers in Vulnerable Conditions||60 / 100|
|Freedom of Association||50 / 100|
|Worker Engagement||50 / 100|
|Grievance Mechanism||50 / 100|
|Monitoring Process||70 / 100|
|Monitoring Disclosure||40 / 100|
|Corrective Action Plans||100 / 100|
|Remedy Programs||0 / 100|