This week the use of technology to address human trafficking was a major theme at the annual TrustWomen conference in London.
The conference focused heavily on how corporations can be held accountable for the activities within their supply chain. Two discussions of the issue were highlighted, the first on the use of data within supply chains, and the second on how corporations can take meaningful action to clean their supply chain of forced labor.
This year key next step actions were announced by participating organizations. A few of the actions highlighted how technology can be used to transform companies and consumers interactions with supply chains.
Such commitments included a new consumer facing app Not My Style, which is intended to mobilize consumers to ‘push fashion brands to be more transparent about their supply chain.’ Kilian Moote was asked to share his perspective on how best to use information to affect consumer decision making. He focused on the power of public benchmarks to create a clear and even playing field for companies, consumers and investors. By maintaining established best practices and consistently benchmarking against them throughout an industry, consumers and investors are able to be judicious and confident in their interactions with any company based on their supply chain management.
By maintaining established best practices and consistently benchmarking against them throughout an industry, consumers and investors are able to be judicious and confident in their interactions with any company based on their supply chain management.
Other commitments highlight ways to use data and information to change how companies address issues in their supply chains. This commitment echo’s Humanity United’s current Partnership For Freedom challenge which is committed to using technology to rethink supply chains. This year is the second Partnership For Freedom and is intended to bring new innovations into the anti-trafficking movement.