In April 2020, our investment teams wrote to 27 companies across the healthcare supplies and apparel industries to ask how they are addressing modern slavery issues amid the pandemic.
In particular, we asked:
– Have they been restricted in their ability to conduct site visits and audits, and how are they managing this?
– Have they taken steps to ensure that workers within their operations/supply chains have access to and are able to practice World Health Organization guidance, and other recommendations, to limit the spread of the disease?
– Do these workers have access to paid sick leave if they are required to self-isolate or care for sick relatives?
We received responses from 13 companies on our target list and went on to have meaningful conversations with many of them1. We have been pleased with some of the innovative measures our companies have taken to continue to support workers in their supply chains during this crisis. Examples range from video audits to collaborating with competitors, suppliers, NGOs and governments. We classified companies that responded under a traffic light system, with specific areas to monitor depending on their responses. We will continue to engage with these companies to monitor their progress.
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