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How to Motivate Your Supplier to Enforce Human Rights

Corporations pay lip service to enforcing human rights and fair working conditions in offshore factories. But the deaths and injuries continue.

How to Motivate Your Supplier to Enforce Human Rights

An estimated 2.3 million deaths each year, in fact, from work-related accidents or diseases. Many are the result of unsafe factory environments, despite efforts by original equipment manufacturers to ensure that their suppliers are meeting high standards for ethical behavior. Recently the European Union announced financial support for the Group of Seven’s Vision Zero Fund, a multi-donor initiative that provides cash for fire inspection and enforcement of safety regulations in factories worldwide. But our guest on this episode, Pierre-François Thaler, co-founder and chief executive officer of EcoVadis, believes that effort is inadequate. It’s not enough money, he says, and it’s the wrong approach. Here, he explains his reasoning, and offers advice as to what companies really need to do, in order to ensure that factory workers are being treated in a fair and safe manner – despite the lack of visibility that many companies have to all partners within their multi-tier supply chains. Hosted by Bob Bowman, Managing Editor of SupplyChainBrain.

Look for a new episode of the podcast, which can be downloaded or streamed, every Friday on the SupplyChainBrain website and iTunes.

Show notes:

EcoVadis http://www.ecovadis.com/whitepapers/white papers on human rights and supplier sustainability.

Stream or download podcast here

An estimated 2.3 million deaths each year, in fact, from work-related accidents or diseases. Many are the result of unsafe factory environments, despite efforts by original equipment manufacturers to ensure that their suppliers are meeting high standards for ethical behavior. Recently the European Union announced financial support for the Group of Seven’s Vision Zero Fund, a multi-donor initiative that provides cash for fire inspection and enforcement of safety regulations in factories worldwide. But our guest on this episode, Pierre-François Thaler, co-founder and chief executive officer of EcoVadis, believes that effort is inadequate. It’s not enough money, he says, and it’s the wrong approach. Here, he explains his reasoning, and offers advice as to what companies really need to do, in order to ensure that factory workers are being treated in a fair and safe manner – despite the lack of visibility that many companies have to all partners within their multi-tier supply chains. Hosted by Bob Bowman, Managing Editor of SupplyChainBrain.

Look for a new episode of the podcast, which can be downloaded or streamed, every Friday on the SupplyChainBrain website and iTunes.

Show notes:

EcoVadis http://www.ecovadis.com/whitepapers/white papers on human rights and supplier sustainability.

Stream or download podcast here

How to Motivate Your Supplier to Enforce Human Rights

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