FACTS Initiative

The FACTS (Fair work Accountability Collaboration for Transparent Supply Chains) Initiative

Clarifying Business Human Rights Due Diligence steps that can be taken to cause Decent Work Freedoms for Uighur people in forced labour Modern Slavery in Supply Chains, unable to social distance in the time of CoronaVirus, or contact or support loved ones. How to Support: 

Citizens, Student, Academic

Support (& learn), Sponsor, Share:
to help Cause Ethical Trade, & End forced labour & human rights abuse.
Help see Brands rewarded to deliver responsible sourcing (toward no poverty: SDGs).

Help Freedoms

Funder, Grants, Foundations

Support SDGs delivery : fund efforts to end modern slavery
so that SDG8 (Decent Work) can be delivered, & hence SDG1 (no poverty).
FACTS partners with a UK reg'd charity (& USA 501c)

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Why the FACTS Initiative?

In China, perhaps a million people of Uighur descent and other PR China citizens are reported to have been put in internment camps for so-called “re-education“. Some have been tortured,..many unable to contact families.

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) reported in March 2020 that at least 80,000 Uighurs have been transferred from Xinjiang province, some of them directly from detention centres, to factories across China that make goods for dozens of global brands in 2017 and 2018. It is believed most are in forced labour.

 

How can this still be happening after 20+ years of “Corporate Responsibility”,….. and in supply chains of companies that may have been ranked higher for good ESG performance?

 

In Summary, there has been little external monitoring, driver and reward  to cause companies buying from China factories to do rigorous Human Rights Due Diligence about this issue, and transparently report on their actions.

The FACTS (Fair work Accountability Collaboration for Transparent Supply Chains) Initiative applies experience of SupplyESChange Founder in working to remediate conditions of Uighur workers in China, to rate Companies by sector on their Human Rights Due Diligence (HRDD) steps reported.

SupplyESChange Founder Kate Larsen spoke in February 2020 on the BBC about risk of some Uighur people being in forced labour modern slavery in factories in international brands China supply chains, which the March ASPI report confirmed.

How can we help End this?

Reporting on steps companies take can inform ESG Investors and other stakeholders so that they may influence and reward Companies for causing Suppliers to provide freedoms and Fair work (Decent Work= SDG8, Sustainable Development Goal 8) conditions for all workers in their factories.

The SDGs (UN Sustainable Development Goals)

 

The FACTS Initiative has identified key human rights due diligence (HRDD) steps and actions companies take (and more can) to help support Freedoms for workers such as Uighur people in supply chains.  

We aim to transparently report on how companies who are significant buyers from China supply chains are undertaking these steps and to thereby encourage and reward more effort.

What Can You Do to Help?

1. Researcher, Student, citizen:
-Support business Human Rights Due Diligence (HRDD) ratings development research. Learn how here.
-Sponsor on patreon (only a few £ or $ or Euro a month).
-Share so others support too.
2. ESG Investor: Sponsor and/or support ESG S data development. Click here to discuss with us.
 
3. Foundation, Funder: Contact us to support our work to ensure decent work (SDG8) which helps families realise no poverty and otehr SDGs.
FACTS Initiative is a partnership with UK registered charities and a US 501c3 charity. Contact us here.

 

How can we help end this Forced Labour?

SOME OF THE 80 GLOBAL BRANDS (THAT THE REPORT CLAIMED MAY HAVE BOUGHT OR BE BUYING FROM FACTORIES WHERE SOME WORKERS ARE UIGHURS IN FORCED LABOUR), PUBLISH HUMAN RIGHTS POLICIES, MODERN SLAVERY STATEMENTS, AND SAY THEY UNDERTAKE RESPONSIBLE SOURCING. 
So why has forced labour of Uighurs in their suppliers still been found?

 

THE TRUTH IS, “GOOD” ESG PERFORMANCE OR CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY IS STILL NOT GOOD ENOUGH AS COMPANIES ARE NOT OFTEN HELD TO ACCOUNT AND REWARDED FOR BEST PRACTISE. 

 

The FACTS (Fair work Accountability Collaboration for Transparent Supply Chains) Initiative led by SupplyESChange and in partnerships will influence more rigorous business human rights due diligence toward Freedoms. 

 

THIS WILL INCLUDE REWARDING COMPANIES FOR TRANSPARENTLY REPORTING ON THEIR WEBSITE:

 

  1. POLICIES: DOES THE COMPANY PUBLISH A CORPORATE HUMAN RIGHTS POLICY, CLEAR ETHICAL TRADE, SOCIAL COMPLIANCE OR SUPPLIER LABOUR STANDARDS/ SOCIAL COMPLIANCE POLICY, A POLICY TO PREVENT MODERN SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND DETAIL BETTER RECRUITMENT PRACTISES, AND A COMMITMENT TO PROTECT BUSINESS RELATED HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS?
  2. HUMAN RIGHTS IMPACT ASSESSMENT: HAS THE COMPANY CONDUCTED, AND PUBLISHED REGARDING ANNUAL HUMAN RIGHTS IMPACT ASSESSMENTS, AND/OR UPDATED SINCE REPORTS OF UIGHUR WORKERS IN CHINA SUPPLY CHAINS REACHED THE PRESS IN 2019?
  3. INFORMED FOR SENIOR LEADERSHIP, GOVERNANCE: WHETHER AND WHEN THEIR BOARD AND EXECUTIVE TEAM WERE BRIEFED  ON THE HUMAN RIGHTS RISK OF UIGHUR PEOPLE BEING IN FORCED LABOUR IN CHINA SUPPLY CHAINS (WHICH CAN INCLUDE IF THE MODERN SLAVERY STATEMENT INLINE WITH UK, AUSTRALIAN AND/OR CALIFORNIA LAW MENTIONS THE CHINA UIGHUR FORCED LABOUR RISK, AND STATES IT WAS APPROVED BY THE BOARD AND IS SIGNED BY A BOARD MEMBER);
  4. INVESTED: IF AND HOW THE COMPANY HAS INCREASED INVESTMENT IN ASSESSING THIS RISK IN THEIR CHINA SUPPLY CHAINS SINCE THE RISK WAS HEIGHTENED. THIS MAY INCLUDE THROUGH INCREASING FUNDING OF A COLLABORATIVE INITIATIVE TRANSPARENTLY WORKING ON THE ISSUE;
  5. INVESTIGATE: IF AND HOW THE COMPANY INCREASED IT’S ON-THE-GROUND INVESTIGATION OF WHETHER UIGHUR PEOPLE MAY BE IN FORCED LABOUR IN IT’S CHINA SUPPLY CHAIN, INCLUDING FACTORIES OUTSIDE OF XINJIANG;
  6. COLLABORATE: IF AND HOW THE COMPANY HAS JOINED AN INITIATIVE, PLAYED AN ACTIVE ROLE IN, OR INFLUENCED AN INITIATIVE IT IS A MEMBER OF TO SUPPORT COLLABORATIVE INVESTIGATION INTO THIS RISK AND WHAT RESULTS WERE, AND DISCUSS OR REPORT ADVISORY ON REMEDIATION APPROACHES,..AND WHETHER THE COMPANY PLAYED AN ACTIVE ROLE IN COLLABORATIONS TO ENGAGE SUPPLIERS AND/OR LOCAL OR CENTRAL GOVERNMENT TO SPEAK UP FOR WORKER RIGHTS FOR UIGHUR PEOPLE IN FACTORIES IN CHINA;
  7. ROBUST: IF AND HOW THE COMPANY INCREASED THE ROBUSTNESS OF IT’S ON-THE-GROUND “SOCIAL AUDIT” INVESTIGATIONS OF WHETHER UIGHUR PEOPLE MAY BE IN FORCED LABOUR IN IT’S CHINA SUPPLIER FACTORIES OUTSIDE OF XINJIANG. IF THE COMPANY IS A MEMBER OF A MULTI-STAKEHOLDER INITIATIVE (MSI) WITH BINDING LEGAL AGREEMENT FOR HOW THE COMPANY MUST ASSESS AND IMPROVE SUPPLY CHAIN FACTORY CONDITIONS (E.G. AS THE BANGLADESH ACCORD ON FIRE AND BUILDING SAFETY DID);
  8. ENGAGE: IF THE COMPANY IS AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF A MULTI-STAKEHOLDER INITIATIVE (MSI), I.E. AN INDUSTRY COLLABORATION WITH WORKER TRADE UNION, NGO OR CHARITY REPRESENTATIVES ON THE BOARD, WHICH TRANSPARENTLY AND PUBLICLY REPORTS ON IT’S ASSESSMENT OF COMPANY MEMBERS ETHICAL TRADE OR FAIR LABOR PROGRAMMES (AS E.G. FAIRWEAR AND THE FLA DO)
  9. GRIEVANCE MECHANISMS: IF THE COMPANY POSTS A GRIVEANCE POLICY FOR SUPPLY CHAIN WORKERS ON IT’S WEBSITE, AND IN WORKER LANGUAGES; IF THE COMPANY PROMOTES IN SUPPLIER FACTORIES INDEPENDENTLY RUN AND FACTORY WORKER TAILORED TECHNOLOGY BASED OR OTHER HELPLINES (E.G. SUCH AS HANDSHAKE, LABORLINK, ULULA, FLA, ICTI OR SIMILAR) OR SIMILAR SERVICES (THROUGH COLLABORATION OR DIRECTLY), WHETHER THESE ARE TRAINED TO WORKERS IN PERSON OR VIDEO RECORDING OF THE TRAINING IS UNDERTAKEN, AND IF DATA ON CALLS OR MESSAGING IS REPORTED ON THE COMPANY WEBSITE AND HOW THE COMPANY DEALS WITH GRIEVANCES.  
  10. REMEDY: IF AND FOR HOW MANY WORKERS AND WHAT TYPES OF THE GRIEVANCE R FINDING THE COMPANY HAS INFLUENCED THE SUPPLIER TO REMEDIATE ANY HUMAN RIGHTS AND/OR LABOUR LAW ABUSES. THESE MAY INCLUDE INFLUENCING TO CAUSE FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT, ACCESS TO PHONE AND/OR INTERNET, FREEDOM TO RESIGN FROM THE JOB AND RETURN HOME WHEN THE WORKER DESIRES, DORMITORIES NOT BEING LOCKED AT NIGHT, ABILITY FOR ALL WORKERS IN THE FACTORY TO INTERACT AND TALK FREELY WHEN OFF SHIFT, ETC. 

Alignment

In order to ensure more answers, we will seek to align questions with those asked by the leading initiatives setting standards for Business Human Rights Due Diligence, such as: 

  1. THE CORPORATE HUMAN RIGHTS BENCHMARK
  2. The WBA
  3. KNOWTHECHAIN
  4. SHIFT
  5. GRI 
  6. DJSI
  7. SASB
  8. FASHION REVOLUTION
  9. THE TRANSPARENCY PLEDGE
  10. The YESS Pledge
  11. The Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI)

Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives (MSIs)

  1. FAIRWEAR
  2. FLA
  3. ETI
  4. YESS
  5. SAI
  6. FAIRTRADE USA
  7. The SLCP
  8. ACT

Other Initiatives :

  1. RBA
  2. AIM Progress
  3. ICTI
  4. Amfori BSCI
  5. PSCI 
  6. TfS
  7. JCA

Help the FACTS Initiative encourage companies to take key human rights due diligence (HRDD) steps and actions to help support Freedoms for workers such as Uighur people in supply chains.  

 

This is especially important given the Corona Virus, and that some Uighur people in forced labour may have been unable to see or contact unwell loved ones.

 

We aim to transparently report on how companies who are significant buyers from China supply chains are undertaking the right steps, and to thereby encourage and reward more effort.

 

How to Help

1. Researcher, Student, citizen:
-Support business Human Rights Due Diligence (HRDD) ratings development research. Learn how here.
-Sponsor on patreon (only a few £ or $ or Euro a month).
-Share so others support too.

 

2. ESG Investor: Sponsor and/or support ESG S data development. Click here to discuss with us.
 
3. Foundation, Funder: Contact us to support our work to ensure decent work (SDG8) which helps families realise no poverty and otehr SDGs.
FACTS Initiative is a partnership with UK registered charities and a US 501c3 charity. Contact us here.

 

Thank you for your support.