Human rights
© Juan Moyano

Precisely because procurement and supply chain executives tend to be on the front line in sourcing goods from producers in emerging markets, possible human rights abuses in those areas tend to land on their desks first. In this blog for Supply Management, Verisk Maplecroft’s human rights analyst Alex Channer explains how having a human rights due diligence (HRDD) programme in place can solve a lot of potential problems before they magnify into full-blown issues, and supplies a four-part toolkit. “As reporting on human rights shifts from being voluntary, and frequently peripheral, to a mandatory requirement, due diligence will become a business watchword. Since the adoption of legislation on modern slavery and supply chains (in the US and in EU countries) and on conflict minerals (forthcoming in the EU), companies increasingly have to publicly disclose their due diligence practices.”

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