Labour Welfare Risk

We support clients in managing their exposure to the risks of modern slavery, human trafficking and other human rights issues within their supply chains.

Labour is the key component of any supply chain. The demand for lower cost goods and services, combined with the availability of cheap migrant labour from developing nations, is the engine of global commerce. This has led to a spotlight being shone on the labour practices of international businesses and their supply chains, whether from foreign investors and brand owners, non-governmental organisations, the world’s media or other stakeholders.

For businesses and investors attracted by opportunities in both existing and emerging markets, the risks from poor labour welfare practices are often unknown. This can put reputations on the line, increase delays and costs to projects, and lead to unforeseen non-compliance with global and local regulations. The Modern Slavery Act in the UK means companies with a turnover of £36 million or over have to actively demonstrate what they are doing to detect, mitigate and prevent modern slavery in their supply chain.

We help clients across the world to understand their exposure to the labour welfare risks hidden in their supply chains and to manage these risks effectively. We can help you:

  • Identify the high risk geographies and entities where you may be exposed through stakeholder and supply chain mapping, risk analysis, due diligence and investigations.
  • Build capacity, controls and understanding within your supply chain and across your internal teams through policy development and training.
  • Monitor compliance with international and regional standards with multi-lingual interviewers, experienced HSE professionals and audit teams. We do this as an on-going process rather than on the spot audits which often mask any enduring issues.
  • Benchmark across geographies and sectors so you can see how you are doing against others in your industry.
  • Report on the performance of risk controls, providing independent analysis and verification.
  • Resolve risk events using our crisis management heritage.

Our experience:

  • Labour welfare monitor for a US extractives company in Brazil
  • Labour monitoring in Bangladesh for an international apparel company
  • Investigation services for a European clothing manufacturer into child labour in Uganda
  • Labour monitoring for a major construction project in the UAE on behalf of a global entertainment brand owner
  • Labour welfare advisor to a tier one global construction company in GCC
  • Welfare policy guidance and training to a major GCC industrial company

Why Control Risks?

Our approach is different. We don’t focus on auditing the problem, but in identifying the causes of labour welfare issues in your supply chain so we can help you to manage them while maximizing the potential of an opportunity.

We not only advise clients on labour welfare risks, but as a signatory of the UN global compact, and with complex supply chains in challenging environments, we have over 40 years’ experience of managing such risks within our own business. We know that managing these risks well helps build a sustainable and reputable business.

For more information on labour welfare risk management, please contact us.

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