Addressing human rights risk in our value chain
We undertake practical, ongoing human rights due diligence to identify, mitigate and reduce the likelihood of potential and actual human rights impacts within our own operations, and work with our business partners through our supply chain to achieve the same.
In our own operations and with our tier 1 suppliers, we use Sedex Member Ethical Trade Audits (SMETA) to identify potential human rights issues and monitor compliance with our policies. In addition, before engaging in new business relationships and during the course of business, we conduct appropriate and risk-based due diligence to inform our procurement practices.
In our raw materials supply chain, our efforts have primarily focused on cocoa and palm oil because this is where we know that we can make the biggest difference from an environmental and social perspective. In the cocoa and palm supply chains, we have developed comprehensive approaches to identify potential human rights impacts through our signature Cocoa Life program and our Palm Oil Action Plan.
Beyond our signature programs, we're embedding sustainability into our sourcing practices for other raw materials. We're seeking more transparency, raising expectations of our suppliers and seeking to catalyze sector-wide change. Through this work we are addressing cross-cutting themes such as good agricultural practices, deforestation, human rights (including labor rights such as forced and child labor), land rights, gender and environmental footprint.
Through human rights assessments of our own operations and supply chain, we have identified the following salient human rights risks:
- Child labor
- Forced labor
- Health and safety
- Freedom of association and collective bargaining
- Land rights
- Water and sanitation
- Women’s rights