Supply Chain Innovation

FLA Practitioners' Guide to Applying the USDA Guidelines

Publication date: 
Thursday, June 28, 2018

This Practitioners’ Guide is a product of the FLA cooperative agreement with the US Department of Labor to pilot test the applicablility of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Guidelines for companies wishing to reduce child labor in hazelnut supply chains in Turkey.   The project team found the USDA Guidelines to be broadly applicable to companies seeking to improve conditions in agricultural supply chains for many different commodities or in different companies.   The Practitioners' Guide linked below is intended to help companies applying or considering applying the USDA Guidelines to better understand the concepts on which they are based, and how to implement them in practice.  and provides attachments that can support the application of the Guidelines and the Self-Assessment Tool which accompanies this publication.

The USDA Guidelines include the following topics:

  1. Standards setting
  2. Supply chain mapping and risk assessment
  3. Monitoring
  4. Remediation
  5. Internal process review
  6. Communication
  7. Third-party monitoring
  8. Verification

This Practitioners ́ Guide focuses on the first five content elements of the USDA Guidelines, and provides links to further FLA-developed resources (such as a self-assessment tool and coorective action plan model) to help companies apply these elements in practice.