Supply Chain Innovation

Self-Assessment Tool: Prevention and Management of Child and Forced Labor Risks

Publication date: 
Friday, October 26, 2018

USDOL-ILAB awarded the Fair Labor Association a cooperative agreement to pilot the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Guidelines for Eliminating Child and Forced Labor in Agricultural Supply Chains focusing on the hazelnuts supply chain in Turkey.

The Guidelines recommend a set of practices for independent third-party monitoring and verification for the production, processing, and distribution of agricultural products or commodities with the goal of reducing the likelihood that such products or commodities imported into the United States are produced by child labor and/or forced labor.

FLA developed a comprehensive yet user-friendly and easy-to-use self-assessment tool for companies with agricultural supply chains to apply the USDA Guidelines as part of their social compliance, sustainability or human rights due diligence programs. The tool is intended to provide companies with a measure of the extent to which they are applying the elements of the USDA Guidelines in one or more of their supply chains.

The self-assessment tool was created by BSD Consulting in cooperation with the FLA. This user guide provides an overview of the tool, how it can be used by a company, and how the results of the self-assesment can be interpreted. The tool is available as an Excel spreadsheet at no cost. Please email communications@fairlabor.org to request the tool.