Taking a look at social responsibility in supply chain processes, and the issues that matter to every sustainable business – in Australia and beyond.
A look at social responsibility in supply chain processes and sustainable business issues.
Historically the supply chain has been driven by the requirements and buying practices of an organisation, with the key priorities usually price, quality and speed to market.
A key challenge for organisations is to meet the low prices demanded from buyers and tight delivery schedules, whilst at the same time maintaining respect for human rights at every step. For example, compliance to wages, working hours and safety standards.
To explore these issues, KPMG and Sedex (a global, non-profit membership organisation and collaborative platform, where members share and manage their performance around labour rights, health and safety, the environment and business ethics), hosted a Responsible Sourcing Conference in Sydney in May 2017.
The conference brought together a range of industries and experiences to discuss social responsibility throughout global and local supply chains, the key human rights issues that responsible businesses need to be aware of, and what effective supplier engagement looks like. It also looked into the future of auditing in affecting sustainable change.
In this series of articles, we delve deeper into the issues explored.