Publication Date Thursday, June 22, 2017
This case study assesses how a sample of five footwear companies and five luxury clothing brands address forced labor risks across their leather supply chains.
The study follows KnowTheChain’s first apparel and footwear benchmark which found a lack of transparency and action to address forced labor abuses beyond first-tier suppliers, particularly in leather. At the same time, the US Department of Labor and Verité’s Responsible Sourcing Tool have identified several countries in leather supply chains with known risks of forced labor, ranging from manufacturing of footwear in China to cattle ranching in Brazil, the largest global hide producing country.
We evaluated corporate policies and practices through a questionnaire which we developed in consultation with global and local stakeholders, such as labor NGOs in countries where global leather supply chains are located. Companies were also given an opportunity to disclose additional information and commitments. Eight out of the ten companies evaluated responded.
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