Sourcemap says this partnership will enable its customers to automatically verify their real-time, end-to-end supply chain maps against Kharon’s “industry-leading” forced labour dataset to ensure compliance with existing – and emerging – import regulations. 

As a result of the new integration with Kharon’s Forced Labor dataset, Sourcemap’s customers will have greater scope and depth of analysis, with access to thousands of high-risk entities and their subsidiaries, units, vendors, facilitators and affiliates, including those based in or operating near areas with ties to forced labour. 

It follows the US Department of Labor (DoL) publication of the 10th edition of its list of foreign-made goods made using forced or child labour. The Department identified and named 158 goods from 77 countries, including a ban on cotton produced in China.

Germany is also merely a few weeks away from signing off on its Act on Corporate Due Diligence Obligations in Supply Chains (LkSG). From January 2023 brands selling fashion in Germany, or operating within the country will be bound by the Due Diligence Law concerning environmental and social responsibility.

When the Uyghur Act came into full force around June in the US, banning the import of all goods from the Xinjiang region of China. Sourcemap says it launched the “Forced Labour Due Diligence Solution” ahead of the enforcement deadline “to help businesses prove the absence of forced labour within their imports and provide visibility into every tier of the supply chain, from raw materials to ownership structure to distribution and more.”

“Consumers, regulators and enforcement authorities are paying increasing attention to forced labour concerns. At the same time, companies are recognising that forced labour and business risks have become intrinsically connected,” remarked Kit Conklin, vice president of global client engagement at Kharon. “Companies striving to address and eliminate forced labour exposure from their supply chains can be assured by the integration of Kharon’s data into Sourcemap’s Forced Labor Due Diligence Solution.”

Through integration with Kharon’s Forced Labor dataset, Sourcemap’s customers will now benefit from deeper, actionable insights to eliminate forced labour and de-risk global supply chains. 

Leonardo Bonanni, CEO and founder of Sourcemap, said: “As more governments worldwide enact forced labour-related trade restrictions, it’s clear that every business entity has skin in the game to ensure that supply chains run as smoothly as possible. Our customers have global footprints and look to Sourcemap to lead the way on supply chain transparency and provide a solution to help navigate new standards for greater business and social impact.”