As more nations around the world pass laws holding companies accountable for conditions throughout their supply chains (see our white paper on emerging regulations), developing processes for investigating deeper supply chain tiers will become more important for both brands and suppliers. The FLA continues to lead collaborative efforts with companies and civil society organizations to trace supply chains to their source and propose solutions for the labor rights violations our researchers encounter. For example, in 2017, we published reports on traceability collaborations with companies and civil society in Turkey and India, following cotton/garment and leather/footwear supply chains respectively, documenting the human rights issues we found, and proposing solutions.
To encourage greater participation in efforts to improve entire supply chains, and released a guidance document in December 2017, accompanied by a webinar for FLA-affiliated companies, explaining in greater detail how to go about conducting supply-chain tracing beyond the first tier. Supply-chain tracing can be a very complex process, involving company staff, suppliers, subcontractors, and many others in different countries all around the globe. The FLA's guidance is intended to help companies begin the process of extending their supply chain oversight beyond their first-tier manufacturing facilities, demonstrate leadership in detecting and solving deep supply chain issues, and achieve compliance with emerging legal and regulatory frameworks.
To advance understanding in this area, FLA released in November 2018 a Supply Chain Mapping and Traceability Glossary.