As identified in the the UN Sustainable Development Goal for ‘Decent Work & Economic Growth’, these numbers need to change. Adding transparency and compliance to global supply chains allows organizations to ensure fairer working conditions for all.
Case StudySupply Chain
Improving working hours in global supply chains
When a global supply chain struggled to get its supplier to comply with decent working hours, our partnership began.
An important step away from employee overworking
After making a serious commitment to sustainability, a global footwear brand discovered an issue with one key supplier in China
Behind the excessive hours was a high work turnover which subsequently resulted in a lower output quality. Fixing these mistakes took extra time and resources, increasing business costs, violating local laws, damaging relationships, and risking employee wellbeing.
By improving the turnover of workers, the supplier felt sure that it could gain control over working hours as well as bringing better outcomes for its footwear brand client.
A better system for a more just supply chain
During an initial workshop, we worked together to identify gaps in their management systems and diagnose the causes of excessive working hours.
This evolved into a comprehensive improvement programme that aimed to strengthen critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and apply more effective management systems and workflow.
By joining forces with the supplier, we helped it regain control in a number of ways.
Overturning the numbers
Exposure to long working hours caused over 750,000 deaths worldwide between 2000 and 2016.
The supplier lowered their rate of turnover from 18% to 3%
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