Zero Tolerance: Eradicating Forced Labour

03-11-2017

This month FTA published the fourth zero tolerance success story, focussing on eradicating forced labour. The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that 20.9 million people are victims of forced labour at any point in time.

A zero tolerance issue is flagrant violation of the BSCI Code of Conduct that require immediate remediation. This particular story concerns forced overtime and restricted movement in a factory in Vietnam. The Zero Tolerance Protocol helps raise awareness on how such cases can be identified. 

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Benefits of disclosure

Through the Zero Tolerance Protocol, FTA facilitates collaboration amongst linked participants and increases transparency in supply chains. Zero tolerance is part of incidental disclosure, which also includes two other scenarios: emergency disclosure and escalated disclosure.

During incidental disclosure, all related participants of the concerned producer will be notified on the BSCI Platform and will not be able to change their profile for 10 days. During this period, remedial actions must be defined. These features were introduced last year to aid cooperation in the event of incidents at the producer level.

In upcoming articles, we will dive into these different features with practical cases to demonstrate the advantages of disclosing their name as well as on a voluntary basis as a best practice.

For further reading, check out Zero Tolerance Success Stories series.

Contact: Veronica Rubio, Senior Manager Strategic Programmes

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