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Food & Beverage
Sector Toolset

Prevent and Address Forced Labor in Your Company’s Supply Chains
Due Diligence toolkit. The 12 tools are arranged in the shape of a circle, each numbered from 1 to 12. Establish Policies and Performance Standards (Tools 1 to 5). Assess, Address, and Monitor (Tools 6 to 11). Compliance Plan (Tool 12).

Introduction & Framing

The food and beverage sector presents a diverse set of challenges when addressing forced labor risks. The supply chains are complex with limited visibility into conditions. Raw materials like cocoa, coffee, and sugar are traded on commodities markets, making it difficult to trace products to the farms often reliant on seasonal migrants who are at particular risk of human trafficking, including forced labor.

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Tool 1: Supply Chain Due Diligence Process

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Tool 1 describes the fundamental systems approach to risk management, known as “Identify, Evaluate, Control, and Monitor,” and provides underlying principles to follow when implementing a process for identifying human trafficking and executing solutions.

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Tool 2: Code of Conduct

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A Code of Conduct establishes basic performance expectations for suppliers, contractors, subcontractors, and agents. Your company’s Code of Conduct or sourcing policy should explicitly prohibit human trafficking and lay out protections for workers.

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Tool 3: Performance Benchmarks

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Benchmarks are important for evaluating the labor and human rights performance of suppliers and labor agents; they can be used to demonstrate how anti-trafficking policies should be implemented. The benchmarks in Tool 1A are aligned with relevant guidance from the International Labour Organization, including the Safety and Health in Agriculture Convention (C 184), Plantations Convention (C 110), and the Tenants and Share-croppers Recommendation (R 132).

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Tool 4: Country-Level Review of Legal Protections Against Human Trafficking

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This tool provides guiding questions for conducting a country-level legal review of factors relevant to the prevention of human trafficking.

Tool 4.1 Evaluating the Anti-Trafficking Requirements of Voluntary Sustainability Systems

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Tool 5: Supplier Agreement

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A Social Responsibility Agreement formally records a subcontractor’s, supplier’s, or agent’s commitment to follow a customer’s Code of Conduct; this commitment is important for establishing accountability expectations for all parties.

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Tool 6: Supply Chain Mapping and Risk Assessment

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Tool 6 guides you through mapping food and beverage product and labor supply chains and explains potential risks associated with each stage. Because your supply chain for each product will be unique, supply chain mapping should be conducted on a product-by-product basis.

Tool 6.1 Role of Traders in Addressing Human Trafficking in Food and Beverage Supply Chains

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Tool 7: Criteria for Screening

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Tool 7 provides guidance on how to screen and evaluate labor recruiters, with special considerations for informal labor recruitment in order to establish reasonable confidence in their ability and willingness to comply with applicable legal requirements and your company’s ethical recruitment standards.

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Tool 8: Supplier Self-Assessment

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A supplier/subcontractor self-assessment questionnaire (SAQ) allows your company to gain preliminary insight into potential human trafficking risks in how a supplier recruits, selects, and hires workers, how it works with labor brokers, and how migrant workers are managed. An Appendix with interpretive guidance for company use is provided.

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Tool 9: Monitoring Labor Agent Performance

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After engaging a labor recruiter, regular monitoring of the recruiter’s performance against the company Code of Conduct and legal requirements is essential to help ensure ongoing compliance.

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Tool 10: Conducting Worker Interviews

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Compliance efforts, including those related to monitoring the behavior of suppliers and labor recruiters, must put worker input at their core. Carefully and ethically gathering information from migrant workers through interviews and other mechanisms can help identify instances and parameters of instances of abuse.

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Tool 11: Worker Engagement

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Tool 11 introduces and describes multiple models and frames for worker engagement, including examples of workplace communication, worker organization, and effective grievance mechanisms.

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Tool 12: FAR Compliance Plan

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This tool is specifically intended for use by companies that need to demonstrate compliance with the requirements of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR): Combating Trafficking in Persons and submit certification 52.222-56 set forward by 52.222-50(h) and 22.1703(c).

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