Use of risk management tool or software:
(Despite the ongoing disruption around the globe, we continue to deliver our robust Responsible Sourcing programme, making sure that annual due diligence 3rd party audits are in place for 89% of our first-tier factories and undertaking more in-depth Verification Assessments, follow up and Root Cause Analysis visits at 28 key sites.... Our preferred 3rd party assessment standard (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA)) specifically includes standards on human rights issues such as land use, community engagement and management systems activity, alongside existing human and labour rights issues such as living wages, working conditions and freely chosen employment." (Pg. 5-6).
Conducting desk research:
"This year, we undertook a two month project and mapped our core product supply chain against country specific risks highlighted by the Global Slavery Index...." (Pg. 5)
"In addition, since the lower levels of the supply chain have been so transient over the last 2 years of the COVID pandemic, we have decided to focus on re-mapping our entire supply chain in FY2023 to make sure we have accurate data before moving further on. This will also give us time to ensure our risk assessment is still relevant. We are doing this in partnership with our audit partner The Reassurance Network, who have people positioned locally on the ground and are expert in conducting this type of assessment. We had hoped we would be further along in this project, but with the after-effects of the pandemic still settling down, our progress has been unavoidably delayed. The project has now restarted and we look forward to reporting better progress next year." (Pg. 5)