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Risk assessment of children's rights in the supply chain

We perform a comprehensive assessment of operations that negatively impact children – both directly and indirectly – and formulate recommendations to address potential risks.

Assessments are conducted on-site in a wide range of agricultural, extractive, manufacturing and construction settings. We also offer risk assessments that focus on specifics areas affecting children's rights, including child labour, education, childcare and protection of young workers.

Our assessments are based on the following methodology:

Documentary research, including referencing international and national laws and regulations, compliance standards and data, and review of key company policies and guidelines.

Site visits and observations.

Quantitative surveys with workers and managers (depending on the scope of the assessment)

Face-to-face interviews with key interviewees.

Focus group discussions and participatory exercises.

Preparation of the assessment report, including data analysis and development of recommendations.

Programmes for raising awareness and providing training on children's rights and business

We work closely with companies to develop training programmes to help their employees and supply chain adopt an inclusive culture that minimises risks of disruption in their direct operations or in their supply chain.

The training programmes are aimed at helping companies:

Prevent their activities from contributing to the violation of human rights.

Prevent or mitigate negative human rights impacts directly related to operations, products or services provided by their business relationships, even if they have not contributed to causing them.

All our training programmes are customised to the requested scope.

Prevention of child labour

We help companies identify, prevent, eliminate and remedy child labour in all its forms. We act quickly when a case is reported to us and provide the best possible solution for the children, while also supporting the company to prevent similar cases from arising.

We encourage commitment to joint action by global supply chain-linked companies in order to prevent child labour and protect children's rights.

We have developed a rapid risk assessment methodology to identify child labour as well as other risks of modern-day slavery. We provide one-off monitoring services for companies that have reduced their field presence or conduct fewer audits.

The rapid assessment reviews and analyses the following key areas:

Structure and location of the supply chain to highlight high-risk and critical areas/points.

Awareness-raising, supplier systems and capabilities for the prevention and remediation of child, bonded and forced labour.

Recruitment processes and practices, especially processes and capacity for age verification.

Risk of hazardous work and extended working hours.

Indicators of unauthorised subcontracting.

Risks or signs of unauthorised subcontracting.

Remediation of child labour in supply chains.

The child labour remediation service focuses on two aspects: the children concerned and the business. It includes fast and reliable support for the child, the family and the business, as well as a full set of actions to assist businesses in a comprehensive end-to-end process.

Development of and updates to due diligence policies and procedures.

We develop policies, guidelines and directives on child labour or review and update existing ones.

We assess your child labour policy and guidelines to highlight risks and identify any gaps or loopholes, and provide practical recommendations for developing a comprehensive mechanism to address all relevant issues related to child labour. We also review and cross-check company Codes of Conduct against regulatory requirements, industry standards, and best practices.

Custom model. Consulting and support for the development, implementation and evaluation of the model.

Every day more companies are joining the growing number of organisations committed to adopting a culture of positive change based on the social compliance demanded by new markets. To achieve these goals, they are implementing human rights, Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainability programmes aimed at aligning their management models in order to strengthen their corporate reputation, avoid noncompliance risks and increase profitability.

The custom consulting and support model is an independent advisory service that companies of various industries can use to prevent risks or find solutions to one or more of their business issues or corporate needs.

Specialist advice is vital for achieving social impact and compliance in line with sector requirements and stakeholder expectations.

To achieve this, we focus on key areas such as
1. Traceability
2. Stakeholders
3. Activation
4. Assessment