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"Companies rely on the economic leverage created by global supply chains, so investors have a responsibility to hold them to account. ICCR Members demand that companies share responsibility with suppliers across their supply chains to prevent human rights abuses and put workers at the center of remediation for any that do occur."
– Chavi Nana, Director of ICCR's Equitable Global Supply Chains Program
“In the current policy environment, companies are increasingly required to show how they effectively implement human rights due diligence to address salient human rights issues across their operations and value chains. Companies need to prepare and ensure compliance with current and upcoming regulation. If not already a signatory, the best way to ensure due diligence on health and safety issues is to join the International Accord and the Pakistan Accord,.
– Matthias Narr, Head of Engagement International at Ethos
" Policies are no longer sufficient; companies need to show that their policies and processes make a difference for workers. As a responsible investor, where portfolio companies continue to fail to remediate abuses, we will use the power of the proxy and vote against boards to stand in solidarity with workers in global supply chains.”
– Julie Tanner, Managing Director, Christian Brothers Investment Services

Global supply chains are in need of a transformation, one that benefits all stakeholders, but especially workers and their communities, who are vulnerable to wage theft, exploitative and oppressive working conditions, human trafficking, race and gender discrimination and environmental injustice.

In their engagements with global brands, ICCR members engage companies with a higher risk of forced labor in their global supply chains across several sectors, including apparel and footwear, food and agriculture, and electronics.  ICCR members press these companies to conduct comprehensive human rights and environmental due diligence, in line with the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, and to adopt risk prevention, mitigation and remediation practices to reduce the adverse impact of their business operations.  Included among such practices should be full supply chain traceability, responsible contracting principles that task both buyer and supplier with human rights obligations, systems for grievance reporting, retroactive and prospective remedy/compensation, and robust stakeholder engagement.

The emergence of new German and EU legislation will further compel companies doing business in these jurisdictions to comprehensively assess and respond to human rights risks in their entire supply chains.  Recently revived enforcement of the U.S. prohibition on the import of goods made with forced labor should also increase the pressure on companies that import into the U.S. to understand and mitigate their supply chain risks.

Investors expect companies to be aware of racial inequality inherent in or that may be exacerbated by their supply chains.  They should demonstrate any steps being taken to address racial equity risks in their operations and their supply chain and consider the impact of business decisions on racial equality.

Current Initiatives

Through a combination of dialogue and the filing shareholder resolutions, ICCR’s members are pressing companies to build a better, more inclusive, and more equitable supply chain system.

Our Impact

How ICCR is spurring the transformation of global labor conditions.


The number of brands and retailers that now support the International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile Garment Industry.


The number of supplier factories that have committed to an improved culture of worker safety by signing the Pakistan Accord.


Investors and human rights/labor rights organizations from 3 dozen countries have endorsed a letter calling on brands and retailers to commit to exiting the Uyghur region.

Equitable Global Supply Chains Staff Contacts

To learn more about our program, reach out to our staff:

Chavi Keeney Nana, Director, Equitable Global Supply Chains

Chavi is responsible for strategic campaign development for ICCR’s equitable global supply chain engagements.


(212) 870-2297

Equitable Global Supply Chains Resources

Publications, blogs, investor statements, comment letters, webinar recordings and press releases related to investor action on equitable global supply chains.


Human Rights Risks in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region: Practical Guidance for Investors

There is a human rights crisis in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China, known to local people as East Turkestan (Uyghur Region). Since 2017, the Chinese government has placed an estimated 1.8 million predominantly Turkic and Muslim-majority peoples, including Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and Hui, in detention camps, prisons, and factories. “Human Rights Risks in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous […]

Recruited into Slavery

An ICCR report exploring how unethical labor recruiting puts migrant workers at risk for human trafficking. (2015)

The No Fees Initiative

ICCR’s guidance for corporations on specific steps they can take to promote ethical labor recruitment within their supply chains.