For policy makers, lobbyists and the business community, nowhere is the link between ‘people, planet and profits’ more important than in modern supply chains.
The relationship between governments, lobbyists and the supply chain industry has been characterized by years of division and mistrust. All sides, with a few notable exceptions, have been guilty of a blinkered approach to developing ethical policies and corporate strategy. However, companies are increasingly aware that their businesses are at risk from operational disruption and reputational harm if they are not able to identify societal threats within their own or out-sourced supply chain. If their suppliers are acting unethically towards their employees or undertaking practices which could be harmful to local communities, the consequences could be severe.