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Innovations in Global Supply Chains

This collaboration sought to identify, analyze and disseminate innovative models that incentivize good labor rights practices in global supply chains.

September 2012

PARTNERS: Global Social Compliance Programme (Consumer Goods Forum)

Jump to: Report "From Audit to Innovation" | Viewpoint on supply chain management | Our resource library section on human rights in supply chains

In 2012, The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office funded Shift to work with the Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP) in order to identify, analyze and disseminate innovative models that incentivize good labor rights practices in global supply chains. The project produced a report, From Audit to Innovation: Advancing Human Rights in Global Supply Chains.

This project sought to advance understanding of how major brands, retailers and manufacturers can leverage improved respect for human rights through their business relationships, in line with Guiding Principle 19. In recent years, leading companies have started testing models designed to increase the pace and sustainability of improvements in labor rights in their supply chains. However, there is little shared learning about these innovations. As a result, other companies cannot benefit from this knowledge, and the most successful models cannot be scaled up. The ultimate losers from this "knowledge bottle-neck" are supply chain workers themselves. Shift worked with GSCP member companies to identify and analyze the innovative models being tested by brand and retail companies. Through a series of interviews, a number of leading models were identified and case studies produced.

The GSCP is a business-driven program for the continuous improvement of working and environmental conditions in global supply chains. It was created by and for global buying companies wanting to work collaboratively on improving the sustainability (social and environmental) of their often-shared supply base. It is now part of the Consumer Goods Forum.

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