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A Toolkit for Responsible Businesses
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Why Conduct Risk and Impact Assessments?

Risk and impact assessments are fundamental elements of the due diligence process.  They help identify ways in which you may be causing or contributing to labor rights abuses, as well as areas where you might be at risk of doing so.  Assessments can help identify both existing child labor and forced labor in your supply chains, or risks of where in the supply chain these abuses may occur.  This allows you to immediately take steps to mitigate or remediate existing problems, or to target your social compliance efforts to those areas of the supply chain with the greatest risks.