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Why are your customers/clients suddenly showing more interest in human rights?

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It appears to be generally accepted that businesses has a responsibility to respect human rights throughout their supply chain, but what does this mean in practice? There has been a growing interest in human rights impacts since the publication of the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights in 2011. A number of countries have developed National Action Plans on human rights, and some have also introduced legislation requiring companies to account for their human rights impacts in their own operations and in their supply chains. In light of this we invite you to join us to discuss questions such as:

1. Why are your customers/clients suddenly interested in human rights?

2. Why are you being asked to provide information about human rights, and what do customers/clients do with this information?

3. What is human rights due diligence, and how is it affecting small and medium-sized producers and farmers in global supply chains? 


This discussion is aimed at suppliers, producers, brands, retailers, service providers and other stakeholders who are interested in learning more about human rights due diligence.

In this discussion, Marcus Borley and Reidun Blehr Lankan, both senior advisors at the Ethical Trading Initiative in Norway, will aim to answer your questions about human rights in global supply chains. 

The moderated discussion starts on 27 August and will be closed on 3 September

We are interested in learning from your experiences and look forward to some exciting discussions about how this is affecting you and workers in your supply chain operations. Join us today and share your experiences and learn from other members of the SustainabilityXchange network!

August 20, 2018 10:40
Feel free to start the discussion by answering one of the following questions:
1. What are the important human rights issues facing supply chains in your country/industry, and how can these be addressed through supplier - customer relationships?
2. What information are customers/clients asking you to provide about workers´rights as part of their supply chain risk management?
3. Do you perform any risk assessment of human rights impacts in your business, and what have you learned from this so far?
August 27, 2018 10:22

Feel free to tell us about the types of human rights issues that your company has a focus on, either in your own operations or in your supply chain (or both). 

August 30, 2018 11:43