Isabelle Glimcher, a fellow at the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights, recommends six steps that government procurement officials should be taking to prevent workers’ rights abuses by suppliers.
Glimcher has authored a report that takes as its premise a current lack of sufficient monitoring of supply chains by U.S. government contractors. She sees widespread violations of rights and a lack of independent review of suppliers, then proposes a series of six reforms to correct the problem, including:
The problem isn’t a lack of NGOs and monitoring organizations, Glimcher says. It’s the inability of the federal government “to funnel the wealth of information they’re creating into procurement decisions between competing bids.” In a time when speed to market is the primary goal, human rights are being violated.
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