Gabriel Amouyal, Audit Services Manager, QIMA
Louis Vanegas, Director, Asia Ethical Sourcing, Hasbro
Stefan Karlsson, Director, S-WAY
Ines Kaempfer, Executive Director, CCR CSR
Bonnic Chung, Head of Operations, WRAP
Moderator: Courtney Terrey, Marketing Communications Director, QIMA
“Before you put in any purchase order, you have to ensure the factory owners care about their workers and are willing to put decency and respect of their rights above profit”
Bangladesh remained a hot topic when discussing ensuring worker safety. Many of the panelists had direct experience working in or with factories in Bangladesh (WRAP, Hasbro and QIMA), providing a first-hand look at where improvements have been made since Rana Plaza. While Bangladesh has seen improvements, QIMA’s Gabriel Amouyal noted that building safety still remains an issue in many regions. In the last 6 months, only 40% of factories that were audited were considered low risk. In South East Asia, 80% of factories audited were found to be at medium to high risk for workers in terms of building safety. The panel also touched on human rights and the changing shape of child labor issues. According to CCR CSR, there has been an increase of child labor among 17- and 18-year-olds. While of legal age to work, these workers are often put into hazardous positions so it’s important for them to understand their rights and for businesses to consider this when working to combat child labor issues.