The Modern Slavery Act was an historic milestone, the first of its kind in Europe. Introduced in 2015, it specifically addresses slavery in the 21st century. The International Labour Organization reports that an estimate of 40.3 million people are in modern slavery of which 24.9 million are in forced labour. Supplier mapping must form part of your supply chain management.
Section 54 of Modern Slavery required a Statement which addressed this issue. All businesses with a turnover of over £36 million must produce a statement, each year. This statement provides to report the steps they have taken to eradicate slavery in their entire chain.
Food Supply Chain Risk Management
To do this, they must have visibility of every tier of the supply chain from farm to fork. Most food manufacturers know their top tier suppliers, but full traceability back to source becomes difficult. The complexity of today’s global supply chain remains a challenge for all businesses.
With this lack of data, how can they possibly manage the risk in their food supply chain and be aware of risk areas when it comes to modern slavery? It’s hard, but not impossible.
How to manage your supply chain through supply chain management software
With today’s technology, businesses can manage their entire supply chain through simple to use, scalable and secure tools. Supply chain management software makes supply chain management easier and provides users with a snapshot of who their suppliers are – and what they supply.
Low cost supplier management
QADEX provides a low cost solution to their customers and is free for your suppliers to use. With the cost obstacle removed suppliers are more willing to collaborate and provide information.
Simple to register and user friendly
Once registered, a series of emails will explain how to get started. When you start adding the products and suppliers you source from, your suppliers receive a notification asking them to complete the map. This process continues all the way down the chain until you have full farm-to-fork visibility.
Reporting and Analytics to help you manage suppliers
The solution provides you with comprehensive reports in dashboards, so that you can instantly see the status of requests and save time focusing on those outstanding.
Once you have a grasp of who is in your supply chain, you can take the next step to ensure they are audited and have ethical practices.
By creating a full supplier map, businesses can also prove due diligence through transparency which is required of them in their Modern Slavery Statements!
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