Many of our supply chains are in emerging markets across rural areas, and can involve intermediaries and other third-parties. This makes eradicating labour issues complicated, however we continue to monitor our supply chain activities and where necessary, take remediation action.
Our activities are broad, from working with farmers, to driving in challenging environments, processing and packing in factories, managing inventories in warehouses, transporting goods, and working in offices. We commit to national laws and the conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Global Compact’s guiding principles. Review our commitments and activities throughout 2021 in our latest annual report.
ofi has established child labor monitoring across its managed sustainability programmes, covering 183,000 households in nine countries.
Through our safety programme – An Even Safer Olam – we deliver training to identify and assess risks so we can eliminate them where possible or reduce them to an acceptable level where we cannot remove them altogether. We promote an open and honest culture and shared responsibility in reporting risks promptly.
To support our employees and workers, we provide training on employment laws, workplace rights and sessions for managers to build understanding and raise awareness of employment and labour rights. In 2021, over 16,000 employees received training on identifying and preventing sexual harassment among other areas.
We have integrated human rights and child labour considerations into our core due diligence activities and increased field assessments in high-risk areas. This enables us to focus resources into hotspot areas and implement preventative measures such as safe spaces for children, supporting access education and helping farmers access mechanisation.
We continue to review our own operations and supply chain, to make positive changes. However, we cannot make the level of change required alone. We are active in a number of sector-wide initiatives and are collaborating with customers to help them mitigate their environmental impacts.