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Mandatory transparency, discretionary disclosure

New transparency regulations in some places theoretically require companies to report on forced labour in their supply chains, but a new review finds that's not what's happening.

Five steps to business accountability in global supply chains

Achieving business accountability in supply chains is incredibly difficult, but the building blocks needed to do so are plain to see.

Roundtable: do we need a binding convention on decent work in global supply chains?

In our first question, respondents debate whether a binding international convention is necessary to ensure labour standards in global supply chains.

Roundtable: what should supply chain governance look like?

Supply chains are notoriously difficult for many workers. How can this change? Does one legal size fits all? What structural changes might be necessary?

Roundtable: what are the pros and cons of global supply chains as a production 'model'?

Some say supply chains bring upgrading, jobs and development for poorer countries. But don't they always do so at a cost to worker rights and wellbeing?

Roundtable: how can we promote accountability for labour standards in supply chains?

Some say it's impossible to ensure accountability in global supply chains. Shelley Marshall and Nick Grono argue otherwise, citing a variety of innovative legal mechanisms.

Roundtable: apart from global legislation, how can we protect workers in supply chains?

Unionisation, freedom to collectively bargain, enhanced transparency, and national anti-slavery legislation can all be used to protect supply chain workers, argue our respondents.

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