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Labour protections in the supply chain – Why they matter

Modern day slavery is a huge problem for many companies in today’s food and drink industry.

With many retailers and food companies looking for ways lower the prices of their products, they are often turning to less expensive suppliers for their goods.

Unfortunately, this can bring with it the problem of mass slavery and poor working conditions. Some suppliers, in countries such as Thailand and India, have been exposed for using forced labour to create more affordable products for companies overseas. 

In recent times, many workers have spoken out over the unethical working conditions used to create cheap produce, and knowledgeable consumers all across the globe are beginning to understand the serious problems that are attached to their budget food.

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How can your business protect itself?

With such long and complex supply chains, it can sometimes be difficult to trace where all of your own produce has come from, let alone the location of your supplier’s ingredients. It may be a time consuming task, but ensuring that there are labour protections in the supply chain is crucial if you want to run an ethical business from beginning to end.

Both larger companies with many suppliers and smaller companies with very few may find it difficult to spend time tracing back all of their ingredients to the source. Doing so can take managers and directors away from their everyday roles within the company and can disrupt the supply chain even further.

A supply chain and logistics specialist can help you to implement a comprehensive strategy to ensure all of your produce is ethically sourced from the first ingredients used right down to the product itself. A consultant can help you to choose the right third party suppliers as well as ensuring the right labour protections are in place for any work that your organisation may outsource.

Looking after your workers

Ensuring there are labour protections in the supply chain isn’t only important for overseas businesses but for your own in-house workforce as well. Supply chain specialists will look at your entire supply chain from beginning to end, to ensure that all health and safety regulations and employment protection legislation is being followed correctly.

Labour protections in the supply chain are not only important to keep workers safe and healthy but also to reassure customers that they are not driving forced slavery or other unethical practices. In a complex supply chain it is easy to miss some of these serious problems but with help from a team of supply chain experts, you can get back to focussing on running your business.


For help in optimising and protecting your supply chains from risk talk to Total Logistic supply chain consultants.

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