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SUPPLIER & WORKER ENGAGEMENT SERVICES
Directly influencing workplace change through transparency and education.
Labor and human rights issues that arise throughout the supply chain vary greatly depending on the industry involved and where along the supply chain they are found. To address issues that fall outside the typical scope of a social audit, Insite provides onsite supplier and worker engagement services. Our onsite services can take the form of training, consulting, or continuous improvement projects. Listed below are examples of the type of engagement services we provide to our clients and their supply chain partners.
GENDER EQUALITY IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN
As a company, we seek to collaborate with companies that share our commitment to helping women improve their leadership skills at the workplace.
Women are often reluctant to speak up for themselves, during worker interviews as well as in worker-management committees where they tend to defer to male counterparts, especially supervisors. Therefore it is challenging to fully understand and address women's needs or prioritize gender equity, which can help cultivate work environments where women are less vulnerable to exploitation, harassment, or coercion.
Through a gender-specific lens, we conduct assessments with an increased focus on collecting and analyzing onsite data to determine the issues faced by female workers. Insite then works to gain the supplier's commitment to driving gender equality at their workplace. This commitment can take the form of empowering female workers through training, the creation of gender-balanced committees, as well as assigning senior personnel to address gender-related issues.
MIGRANT WORKERS INTERVIEWS
Multiple languages spoken by migrant workers at a facility are potential red flags for serious workplace violations, including forced labor.
To address this high-risk scenario, we recommended to our clients that they have us coordinate, conduct, and collaborate interviews in the languages spoken by the workers. We then review the results of the interviews, in all the different languages, and provided the client with a comprehensive overview and in-depth report of the findings. We also seek to understand through interviews and document review, the supplier's migrant worker recruitment, and management practices.
Understanding, identifying and mitigating
the risk of forced labor.
Forced Labor and human trafficking can be considered “hidden” forms of abuse in global supply chains. The risk of abuse may be direct or indirect, and often companies do not even recognize their exposure to these dire human rights violations. Insite provides training for companies' employees and management - those who have direct responsibility for supply chain management - on how to understand, identify, and mitigate the risk of forced labor in their supply chain. Our training satisfies the risk-mitigation requirements of the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 and the UK Modern Slavery Act.
The redress of victims of human trafficking must be handled very carefully. If victims are discovered in your supply chain, you may be their only hope for escaping abusive conditions. In addition to the proper legal authorities, public and non-government organizations with expertise supporting victims should be consulted.
Onsite Capacity Assessments
An onsite supplier evaluation that looks in detail at a factory’s production processes, workforce, machinery and equipment, and output capacity, and reporting on any irregularities, can help to identify potential unauthorized subcontracting. We conduct these evaluations emphasizing transparency with the supplier to identify the root causes and seek solutions to remediate the issues.