The Centre can assess your company’s supply chain, or specific areas within your supply chain, in terms of child rights topics. The aim of this service is to give you a comprehensive understanding of where your operations have a direct and indirect impact on children and to present you with recommendations on how to manage potential and identified risks.
To date, our teams have conducted on-site assessments across a wide range of agriculture and manufacturing settings. Our experienced local teams on the ground are experts in conducting assessments on site in factories, farms, plantations, forests, gardens, small workshops, homeworking sites, raw material sites including mines and sub-contracting factories.
We also offer targeted assessments that focus on a specific child rights impact area including, but not limited to, child labour, education, childcare, young worker protection but also link our assessments to other potential key risks such as recruitment practices and environmental impact. Our assessments are always customisable to ensure they meet your changing needs.
We have developed a standardised approach and methodology that gives a clear overview of where actual and potential risks may be found, with concrete suggestions on how to make changes in a way that creates positive impact while respecting the need for long-term business-friendly solutions.
Our assessments do not look at child rights as a separate entity, but are always considered in the context of overall production and working conditions, gender, human trafficking and forced labour.
How we conduct the assessments:
Our proven risk assessment methodology provides an overview of the supply chain and provides a clear outline of where actual and potential risks may be found. Rather than merely presenting a list of vulnerabilities, our risk assessment provides clear and practical recommendations on how to make changes in a way that creates positive impact while respecting the need for long-term, feasible and viable business friendly solutions.
Our assessments involve all stakeholders including young workers, parent workers and the children themselves, as well as management of production facilities and other employees, to get the fullest, most accurate picture. Assessments typically draw on all or a combination of the following methodology:
Desk research, with references to international and national laws & regulations, compliance standards and data and review of key company policies and guidelines
On-site visits and observations
Quantitative surveys with e.g. workers and managers (depending on the scope of assessment)
Face-to-face interviews with key informants
Focus group discussions and participatory exercises including with children
Preparation of assessment report including data compilation and analysis, development of recommendations and next steps
What our assessment reports cover:
Overview and explanation of which rights are at risk
The likelihood of violations
The significance of identified risks and what that means for your company
Recommendations presented on three levels, with each level rated by five key dimensions: resources, impact, complexity, sustainability and scalability
The Centre has performed a number of supply chain child rights risk & impact assessments within the following industries and areas:
Toy industry (conducted in China, India and Vietnam to date)
Garment & textile industry (conducted in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Myanmar and The Philippines to date)
Homeworker settings (conducted in Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Turkey and Vietnam to date)
Electronics industry (conducted in China and Malaysia to date)
Agriculture and raw materials:
Forestry industry/plantations (conducted in Brazil, China and Laos to date)
Small-holder cacao farms (conducted in Indonesia to date)
Small-holder tea plantations (conducted in Sri Lanka and Indonesia)
Natural fibre industry (including sea grass and rattan in Indonesia and Vietnam to date)
Coffee plantations (conducted in Vietnam to date)
Small-holder hazelnut gardens (conducted in Turkey to date)
Rose gardens (conducted in Turkey to date)
Pepper plantations (conducted in Vietnam to date)
Spices (conducted in India to date)
Mining (cobalt mining in the DRC, mineral supply chain in China)
The Centre also offers smaller factories and production-area-specific child rights risks assessments with a focus on child labour, juvenile workers and/or migrant parents.