Protect Workers and Your Business through Effective Risk Reporting

Protect Workers and Your Business through Effective Risk Reporting

Chances are that, at the start of 2017, conducting business more responsibly is high on your priority list for this year.

Your business may be aiming to respond to Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act by putting together a declaration of your steps to reduce human trafficking and slavery in your business. Or perhaps your brand has suffered from reputational damage through a supply chain scandal - or has the potential to be exposed in such a way.

Firefighting scandals can unlock long term supply chain improvements

Firefighting scandals can unlock long term supply chain improvements

Supply chain scandals are troublingly regular occurrences in the news. In this day and age where compliance is becoming mandatory and where ethics and human rights are loudly defended, why are companies allowing themselves to be in a position where they can be (rightfully) exposed as perpetrators of such bad business practices… and repeatedly?

A recent article about Nike’s transformation from sweatshop scandals to sustainable business really got us thinking about the typical response and action businesses take following a scandal.

Irresponsible Recruitment – UK Migrant Workers are Paying the Price

Irresponsible Recruitment – UK Migrant Workers are Paying the Price

The summer of 2016 has seen at least two big recruitment scandals involving migrant workers: Sports Direct and Byron Burgers.  So-called ‘immigration raids’, in which migrant workers are arrested, detained or deported on the premise that they are working illegally in the UK, are proving a controversial method of cracking down on breaches of immigration and employment regulation. 

Whilst there are many cases where migrant workers produce falsified documentation to seek work in Britain, the responsibility still lies with the employer to protect both the business against illegal immigrant recruitment and overseas workers who do have the right to work in the UK.

We take a deeper look into the very worst recruitment practices.

Profit Before People: Can we afford to ignore supply chain workers?

Profit Before People: Can we afford to ignore supply chain workers?

The quest for profit is the lifeblood of global commerce. Retailers and suppliers, like any organisation, are hungry, short-term cash seekers who must pay their costs, reward shareholders and fund the next marketing campaign to acquire more customers.

What’s left over – profit, long term and short term – is the single true marker of corporate success, and as we know, fashion brands and suppliers are equally guilty of doing almost anything to get it.

Who pays the price of a bargain?

Who pays the price of a bargain?

Everyone loves a bargain. The thrill of walking out of a high street shop with the deal of the century. But do we ever stop to think “Why is it this cheap?”.

The Rana Plaza Tragedy rightly dominated the news, and with each update the story became more devastating - 1,134 people lost their lives, and thousands were seriously injured in the collapse of an illegally constructed building in Dharka wherein garments were produced for Western retail giants.