This policy framework will apply to all group and brand employees, workers, contractors, consultants, franchisees, suppliers and supply chain workers, sourcing communities and other business partners. This year we have onboarded 300 more factories to Sedex, a responsible sourcing online platform that helps us achieve better supply chain transparency in real time, to be able to manage and improve working conditions in our supply chain, making a total of 872 suppliers and 1,045 factories onboarded in total. Rather than just resolving any labour exploitation identified in Avon operations and supply chains, we aim to prevent all forms of exploitation and ensure that all workers enjoy decent working conditions. At Group level, for the first time we conducted a light-touch Group wide risk assessment of our global operations and supply chains, externally conducted by ELEVATE limited based on information we submitted regarding our operations and supply chains and ELEVATE’s own risk data. From 2022, this framework will underpin operational policies that govern Avon and other Natura &Co brands’ operations and supply chains – including but not limited to our work to prevent and remedy modern slavery. Anyone working in our operations or supply chains can anonymously report any labour concerns to the free Natura &Co Ethics Line.
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Through the RRT, suppliers can access a wide range of responsible recruitment guidance, resources, training and a self-assessment tool. While we conducted less new internal and external training in 2021 than in previous years, this will be a focus area for 2022. In 2022, we will cascade the Natura &Co Human Rights Statement, and related knowledge, policies and processes, throughout our business and external partnerships. We discussed internally at a widely attended Groupwide workshop held in September 2021. Following this we updated our Human Rights Statement with risks identified during the workshop. We developed this statement and implementation plan by following the process recommended by the UN Guiding Principles. The first step in this process is carefully selecting new suppliers and committing them to our high employment and trading standards. These issues can span multiple indirect suppliers so addressing them can be a complex, years-long process involving considerable time and resources.
Workers from the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand were employed by the three suppliers through multiple Taiwanese labour agencies, which were then connected with labour agencies in the migrant workers’ home countries. Once a particular product has been found on the web site of the seller, most online retailers use shopping cart software to allow the consumer to accumulate multiple items and to adjust quantities, by analogy with filling a physical shopping cart or basket in a conventional store. Household goods are a significant part of a country’s economy, with their purchase the topic of magazines such as Consumer Reports, their relocation handled by moving companies, and their disposal or redistribution facilitated by companies like Goodwill Industries, services like classified advertising and Craigslist, and events such as garage sales and car boot sales. Retailers often need to order spare parts specially, since they typically do not stock them at consumer outlets — in such cases, e-commerce solutions in spares do not compete with retail stores, only with other ordering systems. With existing suppliers, we strengthen their understanding, capacity and systems to prevent, uncover and resolve any issues relating to modern slavery.