Forced Labour Indicator Reports

Striving to eradicate forced labour is a priority for any socially responsible business. We understand it can be difficult to identify, as the problem is often under-reported in audits. However, by looking at various indicators – both independently and in combination, Sedex’s new reporting tools can help to pinpoint where forced labour may be occurring within your supply chain

The more complex and multilayered the supply chain, the greater the risk that labour abuses may be present. Particular risks are found at the commodity and raw material levels but also affect processing, manufacturing, warehousing and transport.

What are the Forced Labour Indicator Reports?

In partnership with our members, Sedex has developed a suite of Forced Labour Indicator Reports. These will allow you to identify areas of risk in your supply chains and to be able to develop a pro-active approach in managing and mitigating those risks. All our reports’ operational indicators are aligned with the UN guidance ensuring operational practices are linked to International Labour Organization (ILO) definitions of forced labour using the Guidance on Operational Practice & Indicators of Forced Labour.

The reports analyse answers provided within the Sedex Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) together with non-compliances and observations raised in an audit and aligns them to the Forced Labour Indicators.

Furthermore, Sedex has produced a flyer including the key information on the Forced Labour Indicator Reports.


How do I get access to these reports?

Buyer (A) and Buyer/Supplier (AB) members can login to Sedex’s Data Monitor to access the Forced Labour Indicator Reports here. The reports are shown in Data Monitor / Forced Labour Reports folder. Sedex recommends that members read through the Forced Labour Indicator Reports – Member guidance before utilising the reports.

"The Forced Labour Report is a simple and easy to use tool, providing key details on potential areas of risk in our supply chain. The report is both visual and intuitive enabling us to roll out to the wider business with ease.”

Max Levy - Sustainable Sourcing Manager, Diageo

The first three reports to be launched address:

  1. Supplier performance against indicators report – provides a detailed, site-specific report for use in your day-to-day supply chain management.
  2. Supply chain summary report – provides a high-level overview of the likelihood of forced labour being present in your supply chain.
  3. Country benchmarking report– provides an overview of your supply chain, enabling you to benchmark the performance of your sites by country.

Benefits to your business

Simplifies managing complex supply chains

  • Allows you to pinpoint possible issues specific to an individual production site;
  • Saves time and reduces costs by using your existing Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) & Audit data to focus specifically on indicators of potential forced labour;
  • Is a key tool for businesses to use in presenting their ‘slavery and human trafficking’ statements.

Managing reputational risk

  • Provides a clear signal of the company’s stance on forced labour and can enhance their ethical standing;
  • An early identification of potential risks and their drivers enables risk mitigation to protect brand reputation.

Allows business focus

  • Reporting on ‘slavery and human trafficking’ is a board issue, our reports could aid to facilitate board level discussions;
  • The forced labour scores make it easier to recognise risks within the supply chain and prioritise the focus for your business;
  • Allows members to engage internally, improving the collaborative opportunities which are necessary for managing the forced labour risk (strengthen relationships).


To view our latest testimonial from Samuel Cliff at Worldwide Fruit discussing the benefits of the Forced Labour Indicator Reports, please click here or the image below.


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Sedex Forced Labour Indicators?

  • Abuse of vulnerability
  • Deception
  • Restriction of movement
  • Isolation
  • Physical and sexual violence
  • Intimidation and threats
  • Retention of identity documents
  • Withholding of wages
  • Debt bondage
  • Abusive working and living conditions
  • Excessive overtime
  • Management systems failure

What is the Forced Labour Score based on?

The Forced Labour Score is based on a combination of data points for each site, taking into account: indicators linked to Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) completion & answers, and audit findings. Each finding is given a weighting which represents the severity of the risk, combined with the volume of indicators. Please also be aware, that a weighting is given for incomplete Self-Assessment Questionnaires (SAQ) as aligned with the Risk Assessment Tool.

Within the report, can I see the specific indicators relating to each site?

Once in the report, you can click the hyperlink on the ‘Site Name’ in the Supplier Performance Against Indicators Report 2.1, which will provide an export of the specific indicators that have been identified against a particular site. This export will provide you with Self-Assessment Questionnaire specific answers and audit issues, together with the forced labour indicators that they have been linked to.

Do I need training to understand these reports?

The reports are intuitive and easy-to-use. However, training information and guidance has been provided to support these reports and should be reviewed to use them effectively. Furthermore, members have access to our multi-lingual helpdesk should you have any additional queries.

Watch a recorded training session

View the training guide

Should I share this information with my suppliers?

We would recommend that specific data points are not shared outside of your business. However, these reports can be used as part of wider discussions that you have with your suppliers when reviewing social and ethical policies.

Is there any additional information available?

For a summarised version of the ‘Guidance on Operational Practice’, you can download our Introduction to Forced Labour and Forced Labour Indicators.

If you would like to access the Forced Labour Indicator Reports join as a Buyer (A) or Buyer/Supplier (AB) member

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