Slavery Exists in Every Tier of Supply Chains
In today’s global economy, goods and services are consumed far from where they are produced. Global brands procure their products from tens of thousands of suppliers, making it difficult to trace a path from raw material to finished product. The overwhelming complexity of global supply chains puts millions of people, including children, at risk of forced labor and exploitation. Tens of billions of dollars worth of everyday goods that make up our diets and daily routines, from coffee and chocolate to cell phones and the clothes we wear, are tainted by forced labor.
Despite consumers’ increased demand for socially responsible goods, detecting forced labor remains a challenge. Companies contract with first tier suppliers but lose visibility on lower-tier factories beyond that. When labor is unseen, companies and governments have limited oversight or accountability. These are the conditions that allow slavery to persist and thrive.
GFEMS works with partners around the globe to improve supply chain integrity, from beginning to end. We develop tools and technologies to help companies ensure their products are ethically sourced, and we produce research and learnings to help governments better regulate unfair and exploitative practices.