Though more than one in 10 businesses say it is likely that their supply chain features slaves, supply chain risks reached an 18-month low in the second quarter, according to new research. However, concerns have been raised that increasing political and social instability could impact businesses.
According to research from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), 11% of business leaders that have a supply chain think it is likely that modern slavery is playing a role somewhere along the line. The organisation said these findings suggest that businesses have reverted to a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy when it comes to their supply chains.
This policy is also reflected in consumers, with only 30% considering the country a product is sourced from and just a quarter saying they care about how their products are sourced.
David Noble, group CEO of the CIPS, explained that in order for the Modern Slavery Bill to have a chance of eliminating slavery from British supply chains and businesses and to avoid a repetition of the horsemeat scandal, then it must empower procurement professionals within their businesses.
“A professional ‘licensing’ of all supply chain and procurement professionals is becoming critical to avoid the UK sleepwalking into another supply chain crisis,” he added.
The Modern Slavery Bill is one of the first in the world and is designed to address the issues of slavery and trafficking in the 21st century. It includes legislation that will increase the maximum sentence for the most serious offenders and close loopholes around enforcement powers at sea.
Being involved in modern slavery can impact businesses, and as a result, shareholder value, in a number of ways, including reputational damage, potential lawsuits and regulatory fines.
Despite these risks, CIPS’s latest index suggests global supply chain risks reached an 18-month low in the second quarter of 2014. The index’s, which tracks the effects of political, economic and social factors on the security of global supply chains, fall was in large part due to the German industrial recovery and the country’s exports shoring up supply chains across Europe.
However, the mounting human costs of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa could see the region become isolated in world trade. So far the virus has not led to major disruptions for supply chains but that could change if it continues to spread.
CIPS also note that the escalation in the Arab-Israeli conflict and the evacuation of workers from Kurdish Iraq could lead to instability in supply chains operating in this region.
John Glen, CIPS economist and senior economist lecturer at The Cranfield School of Management, said, ”Global supply chains still face significant risks.
“The Ebola outbreak in West Africa, combined with, potential unrest in the Ukraine, Iraq and Libya, have the potential to create significant risks to global supply chains. These risks must be monitored and managed and where necessary contingency plans must be developed.”
Photo: Imagens Evangélicas via Flickr
Qatar announces labour reform following accusations of slavery
UK’s modern slavery bill gets its second reading
South African gold miners protest over ‘slave wages’
Wildlife crisis fuelling child slavery – study
Like our Facebook Page
The Lifecycle of Eco-Friendly Hydroponic Gardens
Michael Stortini Shares Insights on Eco-Friendly Building Designs
Remote Work Changes Human Resources for Green Businesses
7 Tips to Minimize the Negative Impact Businesses Have on the Environment
You Need These Eco-Friendly Home Improvements Before the Coming Recession
The Pros and Cons of Fixed Prices for Sustainable Energy
How to Plan an Unforgettable Eco-Friendly Trip to Europe
Is Decarbonizing The Shipping Industry an Achievable Goal?
Designing Eco-Systems Sustainable Exhibits: Strategies for Reducing Environmental Impact
Green Living, Education and Awareness Are Keys to Preventing Mesothelioma
6 Home Improvements You Can Make to Help the Environment
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Eco-Friendly Party Favors Made for the Garden
Humane Pigeons Pest Control Tips Environmentalists Can Follow
Environmental Impact of Artificial Grass for Your Lawn
Choosing The Best Eco-Friendly Furniture Set for your Living Room
How to Travel More Sustainably While Saving Money
The Truth About The Environmental Impact of Dogs
6 Major Luxury Residential Projects Responding to Climate Change
Planning an Eco-Friendly Bus Trip to Singapore with Friends
Essential Findings to Include in Your Research Paper on Air Pollution
- Energy11 months ago
How To Choose the Right Solar Inverter for Your Home?
- Energy11 months ago
How to Choose the Best Solar Panel for Your Home
- Environment11 months ago
Reduce Industry Footprints with Sustainable Material Swaps
- Environment10 months ago
Is Smart Building Technology the Future of Sustainability?