e-book: Preventing worldwide human rights abuses

Learn everything you need to know about how to mitigate financial and reputational risk for your company and your supply chain.



No company in the world wants to be the subject of a human rights abuse violation. In this eBook, produced by Compliance Week in partnership with iPoint, chief compliance officers, chief risk officers, and in-house counsel will learn everything they need to know about how to mitigate such a risk.


First, this eBook looks at guidance from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development meant to help companies in the garment industry identify and mitigate risk in their supply chains. This eBook also takes a look at what regulatory efforts are underway in some countries, like the United Kingdom and Australia, to better detect forced labor, and what compliance implications, and legal risk, this creates for companies.


Finally, this eBook explores best practices in building a corporate value chain to prevent and detect human rights abuses, discussing case studies from companies that are addressing the problem effectively.

The eBook also includes a white paper by Tolga Yaprak, iPoint’s Senior Consultant for CSR as well as Anti-Human Trafficking and Conflict Minerals Compliance, which focuses on "Human trafficking in corporate value chains: A management guide for effective compliance". 



1.1 The purpose of this White Paper is to examine the primary drivers of anti-human trafficking measures within corporations and then provide recommendations to help managers in their efforts. Our research has indicated that three primary drivers exist, namely customers (whether business-to business or business-to-consumer), investors, and law enforcement.


A by-product of the co-existence of these drivers is the creation of an overlapping, interdependent system of incentives for corporations to tackle human trafficking, forced labor, and modern slavery in the global value chains. The system of incentives is primarily formed by competitive advantage opportunities and risk mitigation.


In addition to incentives, we’ve found that conducting due diligence is the most common denominator for all relevant legislation and market requirements and our recommendations are therefore built around the globally accepted cross-industry due diligence framework designed by the Organisation for Development and Co-operation (“OECD”).


Human trafficking, in all of its sordid manifestations, is primarily driven by market forces. Therefore, the global marketplace is the natural setting in which human trafficking takes place, making the global value chains (“GVCs”) of corporations one of the prime facilitating environments. Not surprisingly, most of the relevant actors have recognized this fact and have implemented measures for redress. Legislation has been enacted globally, via international bodies like the United Nations, sovereign nation states like the US and UK, and even state governments such as California within the United States. Moreover, consumers are [...]


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