FTA Discusses Responsible Sourcing with Key American Stakeholders

15-03-2017

In early March, the ‘UL Responsible Sourcing Summit’ was held in California hosting professionals from leading US retailers and brands as well as representatives from the US government and non-profit groups.

The conference discussed new challenges and solutions in responsible sourcing, such as product traceability; the use of recycling programmes embedded in company practices; unintended costs of responsible sourcing legislation; and segmenting risk throughout the supply chain. Kelli Hoggle, FTA US & Canada Representative, participated in the panel ‘Success Stories from the Field’, highlighting the work of BSCI in fostering responsible recruitment of migrant workers in the Thai fishing industry.

Responsible recruitment

Mrs. Hoggle introduced to participants the upcoming BSCI Module on Responsible Recruitment and FTA’s collaboration in Thailand with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Organization on Migration (IOM). She explained the importance of taking a ‘landscape approach’ when addressing issues such as abuses against migrant workers in a country that has limited legislation for the protection and legal recruitment of migrant workers. During the session, participants were interested in learning more about BSCI’s plans to apply responsible recruitment training in Thailand to other sourcing countries.

Lessons learned and sharing ideas

Participants benefited from the opportunity to learn from other companies’ programmes including prAna and Textile Exchange’s work on product traceability; and Hewlett-Packard and Eileen Fisher’s “take back” programmes to recycle products no longer functional into new products in order to divert unnecessary waste from landfills.

Finally, there was much discussion around the affects of US responsible sourcing legislation like the Dodd-Frank Act rule on Conflict Minerals and California Transparency in Supply Chains Act. The upcoming BSCI UK Modern Slavery Act module currently in development will also include a comparison of the latter with the British legislation.

Contact: Kelli Hoggle, US & Canada Country Representative.

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