The Cahn Group works with brands, retailers, licensees, multi-stakeholder initiatives, manufacturers and investors to design and implement custom solutions to protect workers in supply chains.
“In supply chains,” says Cahn, “every link in the chain has a role to play. At the end of the day, long-term success is secured by combining profitability and fair treatment for the workers who make the products.”
Whatever a company’s business in a supply chain, each will have its own distinctive yet inter-dependent role to play in ensuring that factory workers are safe and treated fairly.
Some of these roles are relatively simple, such as adoption of a buyer code of conduct or taking steps to inform and educate a factory workforce through training. More challenging roles can include building effective grievance mechanisms or refining buyer purchasing practices to take into account a factory’s need to attract and retain a top-quality workforce.
At each step in the supply chain, The Cahn Group supports companies’ design and implement initiatives to focus on protecting factory workers.
“It doesn’t matter if you work for a buying office in New York City or manage a factory in China or Bangladesh, there is a necessary business role to play in providing a safe and healthy factory workplace environment,” notes Cahn.
In addition to applying codes of conduct, The Cahn Group educates companies about the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights adopted by the United Nations in 2011. It also designs due diligence systems for companies seeking to meet their obligations to respect human rights and provide effective grievance mechanisms at the operational level.
Through its partnership with the University of Delaware, The Cahn Group offers brief online training courses on topics ranging from the human rights of workers to responsible purchasing practices.
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