Sedex to speak at UN Forum on Responsible Business and Human Rights
We are pleased to announce Sedex participated in the United Nations Virtual Forum on Responsible Business and Human Rights on 9 – 12 June. Sedex CEO Simon McCalla and Director of Responsible Sourcing Magali Martowicz were invited to speak on panels during the event.
The Forum saw several UN bodies, industry experts, government representatives and business leaders join forces to continue the responsible business and human rights discourse in Asia and the Pacific.
Communities and companies within these regions form an integral part of many global supply chains, from clothing and textiles to food production, and the complexity of these supply chains can impede visibility of business practices.
Simon joined a panel of five sustainable supply chain experts and responsible business advocates to discuss the role of data in creating transparent supply chains that support decent work and gender equality.
With 75% of women in developing regions being in the informal economy, where they are less likely to have employment contracts and legal rights, last year Sedex established a Gender Working Group to address the need for gender data in supply chains. We have established additional data collection points for female workers in Sedex assessment tools, alongside a Vulnerable Worker Analysis report focused specifically on women (this report will be released in summer 2020).
Magali spoke on the impact of purchasing practices and the power of buyers to drive responsible operations across their global supply chains through purchasing decisions. This is especially important against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, when 67% of respondents in Sedex’s recent COVID-19 Impacts Report expect a loss of revenue and 51% of supplier respondents say better forecasting/planning with buyers will help them to manage the situation. This session was co-organised by Sedex and amfori in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO).
The panel showcased good practices and their impacts on workers and explore how the concept of purchasing responsibly can be integrated to businesses’ plans for long-term recovery, to help build resilient supply chains that generate decent work opportunities. The importance of open dialogue, flexibility and collaboration with suppliers is more important than ever in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
You can watch the videos below.