SGS Supply Chain Assessments and Solutions- Industry Trend and Observation
In recent years, more and more government agencies, international organizations, non-government organizations and multinational corporations start to concern about corporate Social Responsibility. Hence, the enterprises are supposed to periodically follow up latest information on top of the legislation, such as past season’s updates: the rise of total global number of child labour; “Modern Slavery Act 2015” approved by the UK Monarchy; “2015 Report on global career and social development” issued by International Labour institution and etc.
1. The global number of child labour has risen to 1.7 billion
According to the ILO report on 10th Jun, 2015, around 1.68 billion children were forced to work in worldwide. Most child labour are in the Asia Pacific region, which reached 78 million and made up 9.3% of their peers, whereas in Sub-Saharan Africa, the child labour rate-21% was the highest, and the number is 59 million.
2. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 received Royal Assent on Thursday 26 March 2015
British has announced a new policy “Modern Slavery Act 2015” that about slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour and about human trafficking. The requirement requires commercial organizations with over defined turnover must report annually about the due diligence processes in relation to slavery and human trafficking in its business and supply chains.
3. ILO issued 2015 World Employment and Social Prospect Report
This report refers that only a quarter of the world's workers have stable job, AND the traditional employing with fixed contract becomes less and less, thereby leading to increase less secured employing relationship. At present, there are 201 million unemployed workers worldwide; ILO calls on each country to increase investment as so to create more job opportunities and to improve production efficiency to ensure all workers have appropriate income. Meanwhile, 2015 World Employment and Social Prospect Report mentions that it is necessary to standardize the labour service market to protect workers from arbitrary and unfair treatment, especially for those who are in informal job positions, and also to ensure valid contract between employers and workers.
4. India raise Statutory Minimum Wage from July, 2015
Since July, 2015, the government of India has increased the national daily minimum wage from Rs 137 (US$2.15) to Rs 160 (US$2.51).
5. EU initiative on responsible management within the garment supply chain
European Union initiative on responsible management of the garment supply chain is being planned and expected to launch before end of 2015. The responsible management will be increase awareness of supply chain issues amongst the European consumer, to foster support for responsible supply chain management, to improve overall communications on relevant EU actions on sustainable development and to encourage better coordination between stakeholders in this area.
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