Blog: CSR digs deeper into the supply chain
Leonie Barrie | 1 September 2011
When it comes to labour issues, not only does the apparel industry get hit on all sides, from NGOs to governments, but the list of corporate social responsibilities is growing ever longer. Labour is now just one of many issues that include environment, safety, ethics and anti-corruption.
And while there was a time when each of these areas of responsibility could be satisfied with a statement of assurance, it has now evolved to the stage where each company is responsible for sufficient due diligence within its own organisation, within its immediate supplier chain, and even beyond. CSR is digging deeper and deeper into the supply chain, and it's increasingly expected that the seller, at the retail level or at the vendor level, should ensure that even the raw materials suppliers with whom they deal are compliant with the same standards that the seller applies to himself.
A case in point is the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, which goes into effect next January. It extends responsibilities not just into the international supply chain, but puts pressure on retailers and manufacturers to bring about change in producers and suppliers over whom they likely have no contact or control.
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