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2021 Apparel & Footwear Benchmark Report
KnowTheChain’s third apparel and footwear sector ranking found that the 37 largest global companies fail to stand up for workers who face exploitation and are struggling to survive. On average, companies fail even to hit the 50% mark in the benchmark when it comes to addressing the worst forms of exploitation in their supply chains.
COVID-19 demonstrates the need to address ESG risks in supply chains
This post originally appeared on Responsible Investor, read the original here. By Felicitas Weber and Sonal Mahida The widespread impact of the coronavirus pandemic is revealing a significant vulnerability in corporate supply chains — the potential for disruptions and delays born of employer-controlled working and living conditions that contribute to the spread of the virus. […]Read Article
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Investors representing $5 trillion sign KnowTheChain investor statement on forced labor – other investors should follow suit
At the start of 2020, KnowTheChain and the Investor Alliance for Human Rights are pleased to welcome the support of 135 investors representing a combined $5 trillion in assets under management. These investors recognize the urgent challenge of forced labor, how they may be exposed […]Read Article
KnowTheChain Calls on Investors to Address Forced Labor Risks in the Forestry Sector
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KnowTheChain Calls on Investors to Address Forced Labor Risks in The Construction Sector
Three Sectors, Three Years Later: Progress and Gaps in the Fight Against Forced Labor
After benchmarks in 2016 and 2018 KnowTheChain has collected data with which to compare corporate practice across industries, and over time. From this data KnowTheChain has identified areas where progress has been made but also where corporate practice continues to fall short on addressing forced labor: • Companies take little action to address exploitative recruitment […]Read Article
What Can We Learn From Our Most Recent Benchmarks?
We launched the first KnowTheChain benchmarks in 2016 amid an increase in expectations for companies to report on risks of forced labor in their supply chains. Our intention was to move focus away from legal compliance and instead shift action toward assessing the implementation of effective practices. With the completion of our 2018 benchmarks there is now comparative data over two evaluation years that identifies where critical attention is needed. […]Read Article
Apparel & Footwear Industry Commitment to Responsible Recruitment is a step in the right direction
At KnowTheChain we believe that companies and investors can be a powerful force in changing the conditions under which people work in their global supply chains. We also know that companies acting individually cannot eliminate a practice endemic to an entire industry. This week we were pleased to see 123 apparel and footwear companies sign […]Read Article
2018 Food and Beverage Benchmark
From tea pickers on isolated tea estates to laborers on remote cocoa farms and rice mills, workers in the agricultural sector are particularly vulnerable to exploitation. Driven by a growing demand for fuel, food, and raw materials the sector increasingly pushes agricultural work into more rural areas to accommodate its land-intensive activities, exacerbating the remote […]Read Article