KnowTheChain Publishes Benchmark Methodology and Announces 20 ICT Companies to be Assessed

Earlier this year we announced our plan to conduct sector-level comparative benchmarking of corporate policies and practices to address forced labor in their supply chain. Today, we are publishing the methodology framework we developed to inform our benchmarking efforts. We are also announcing a list…

divider
March 23, 2016
LinkedIn

Earlier this year we announced our plan to conduct sector-level comparative benchmarking of corporate policies and practices to address forced labor in their supply chain. Today, we are publishing the methodology framework we developed to inform our benchmarking efforts. We are also announcing a list of the 20 companies we will be assessing in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector.

The process to benchmark 20 large companies in the ICT sector begins today, and the results will be published in June. This will be followed by sector benchmarks of the food & beverage and apparel sectors.

Methodology

Our methodology framework was developed by the KnowTheChain partners, through consultation with experts in civil society, industry, and social investment.  The framework covers seven themes: commitment and governance; traceability and risk assessment; purchasing practices; recruitment; worker voice; monitoring; and remedy.

Download the methodology framework >>

ICT Sector Benchmark

The companies listed below will be part of the ICT sector benchmark. These companies were selected on the basis of their market capitalization and the extent to which their business consists of hardware manufacturing. Each company has been invited to provide answers to a set of engagement questions about their policies and practices in addressing forced labor risks in their supply chains.  The responses received will be made available on the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre website. Information provided in these responses will be included in assessing the companies against the methodology, along with existing material available on the companies’ websites.

Companies

Apple Inc. United States
ASML Holding NV Netherlands
BOE Technology Group Co. China
Broadcom Limited United States
Canon Inc. Japan
Cisco Systems, Inc. United States
Ericsson Sweden
Hitachi Ltd. Japan
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. (Foxconn) Taiwan
HP Inc. United States
Intel Corporation United States
International Business Machines Corp. United States
Keyence Corp. Japan
Microsoft Corporation United States
Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd. Japan
QUALCOMM Incorporated United States
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. South Korea
SK Hynix, Inc. South Korea
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. Taiwan
Texas Instruments Inc. United States