Question: How does the company assess the risks of modern slavery and trafficking in their supply chain?
Answer:
Risk-based questionnaires,
Use of risk management tool or software,
Conducting desk research
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MSA risk assessment
2020
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updated about 1 year ago by Arisa Vithoontien

Risk-based questionnaires:

P6 - Suppliers are required to "complete a rigorous self-assessment questionnaire that appraises the supplier’s current practices and management systems. After completing the self-assessment questionnaire, suppliers receive a report indicating areas of opportunity.

P4 - Each franchise is provided guidance on recruitment practices and a People Review as part of the Restaurant Operations Improvement Process (ROIP) — a comprehensive assessment of the franchised restaurants to ensure guidance, including modern slavery practices, is being followed as intended. This is "provided" but not "required."

The company also conducts audits of suppliers to ensure their “employment practices are suitable and in line with" the the Company's employment standards, with a "particular focus on construction labour and delivery drivers and riders" at third-party operators. Moreover, "restaurant staff are told to report any concerning or suspicious behavior that may suggest a third party is a potential victim of, or engaging in, modern slavery.”

Risk management tool or software:

P9 - The company participates in "initiatives such as AIM-PROGRESS, a business initiative focused on responsible sourcing, and Business for Social Responsibility’s Human Rights Working Group (HRWG), which supports implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in a shared-learning forum of more than 40 companies."

Conducting research:

p6 - In 2018, McDonald's "engaged an external provider to conduct a human rights impact assessment (“HRIA”) at the farm-level." The assessment enabled them to "identify that, of the commodities [they] source, palm oil, tea, coffee and timber present the greatest risk of exposure to human rights concerns, with occupational health and safety, migrant workers, and decent working time identified as the highest risk areas." mcDonald's also included a stakeholder consultation with NGOs "understand how industry experts view the human rights risks associated with the production of the various commodities, as well as their observations on how the risks can best be mitigated." In addition to the audits, "McDonald's assesses the potential human rights risks of our supply chains, including modern slavery risks, using desk-based research, supply chian mapping, and stakeholder engagement."

 

Arisa Vithoontien.....2021-11-12 03:46:19 UTC