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Live, interactive webcast on responsible supply chains

Click here to register for a live, interactive webcast on Thursday, April 11, 2013 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm, EDT entitled Reducing Child Labor and Forced Labor: Best Practices for Responsible Busineses.

Thursday, April 11, 2013
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. EDT
Twitter: #ILABWorks

This event will feature a panel discussion highlighting how corporate leaders are addressing child and forced labor in their supply chains, as well as free tools that companies can use to identify and combat these problems. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Marsha Dickson, Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, who is internationally known for her research and teaching on social responsibility in the apparel industry. Panelists include Meg Roggensack, Senior Advisor for Business and Human Rights at Human Rights First; Jeff Morgan, Director of Global Programs at Mars, Inc., one of the world's leading food manufacturers; Bob Mitchell, Global Manager of Supply Chain Social & Environmental Responsibility at Hewlett-Packard; and Eric Biel, Acting Associate Deputy Undersecretary of ILAB.

We expect a practical and insightful panel discussion offering viewers a basic understanding of child labor and forced labor, and why businesses should care about these issues. Mr. Morgan will share his company's experiences implementing a social compliance system at Mars, Inc., and will address emerging best practices related to the issue. But most importantly, viewers will discover free tools that can help businesses identify and address potential incidences of child and forced labor in their own supply chains.

One of those tools is ILAB's own Reducing Child Labor and Forced Labor Toolkit, a free, easy-to-use, online guide that can assist in identifying and addressing potential incidences of child and forced labor through effective social compliance systems. Part of a company's broader social responsibility efforts, a social compliance system is an integrated set of policies and practices intended to ensure suppliers' adherence with a code of conduct relative to certain issues -- including child labor and forced labor. Social compliance systems play an important role in demonstrating a company's commitment to the workers, families and communities where its products are produced.

While approaches vary somewhat from industry to industry, a good social compliance system includes certain key components, functioning in an integrated way. These include engaging stakeholders and partners; assessing risks and impacts; developing a code of conduct; communicating and training across the supply chain; monitoring compliance; remediating violations; verifying results; and publicly reporting on performance.

The Reducing Child Labor and Forced Labor Toolkit guides users through these components and is particularly useful for companies that do not have a social compliance system in place, as well as those whose existing systems may need strengthening relative to child labor and forced labor.

ILAB encourages anyone who cares about these issues to access the Toolkit and tune into Thursday's webcast. We hope you can join us.