‘How can a company practically and responsibly identify and address problems of forced labour in lower tiers of its supply chain, particularly when it extends into areas or sectors known to use forced labour?’
The dilemma for business is how to address the presence of forced labour within its supply chain responsibly, as it can be difficult to define as well as detect. Forced labour often does not occur within a company’s operations as stringent procedures will be in place to ensure good working practices. However, forced labour can be found further down the supply chain, especially when multi-national companies (MNCs) source from countries where there is a high amount of poverty and a lack of legal protection and/or where it is common practice to use recruitment agencies and labour providers, where there is no legal requirement for such businesses to be registered or meet certain standards.
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