In modern supply chains, corruption and the lack of transparency are the two major issues that go hand in hand, especially in low-cost manufacturing destinations. In regions where corruption thrives, it gives rise to such grave problems as human rights abuses, child labor, and lack of education regarding good manufacturing practices.
Demand for ethical audits has been on the rise over the past decade, and has surged in the aftermath of the 2013 Rana Plaza disaster, which shone a light on the scale of human rights abuses and unauthorized subcontracting in global supply chain. Comprehensive supplier audit programs, conducted regularly and with meaningful follow-up, are among the crucial methods of acquiring data about the real state of supply chains.
Download the whitepaper to learn more about the state of ethical compliance in global trade and read a case study about a UK apparel brand addressing child labor risks in its supply chain.