To track and improve implementation of its supply chain policies that address forced labor and human trafficking, the company monitors its suppliers. The process includes non-scheduled visits, a review of relevant documents, off-site interviews with workers, and visits to associated production facilities and related worker housing. The company also takes steps to ensure suppliers below the first tier are monitored.
To improve implementation of its supply chain policies, conditions at supplier level can be monitored in different ways. This could include specialized audits to detect forced labor at higher-risk suppliers or worker-driven monitoring (i.e., monitoring undertaken by independent organizations that includes worker participation and is guided by workers’ rights and priorities). The company has a supplier monitoring process that includes: (1) non-scheduled visits; (2) a review of relevant documents; (3) off-site interviews with workers; (4) visits to associated production facilities and related worker housing; and (5) steps to ensure that suppliers below the first tier are monitored.