All tagged No Exploitation
In the deepest, darkest, mostly unseen recesses of global stone supply chains, some of the world’s poorest people are striving, with help from local NGOs, to educate their kids and improve their lives. So far, we in the West aren’t doing enough to help them.
As our supply chains get ever more complex and as the issues presenting in the chains become more and more wicked, we might profit from looking to past experiences to expand responses beyond auditing, not to ditch it altogether I stress, but to include other, more complete approaches to supporting suppliers to get it right.
The most important NGO-company interactions going forward, if you measure success by the amount of change created, will be those that see the two parties getting down and dirty in a ditch together. Our forests and those affected by the palm oil industry need genuine, solution-oriented engagement. Only then might we truly dance on clouds.
Further to my post yesterday about the need for more cooperation, here’s a wonderful example of what’s possible when a diversity of folk get together....Cooperation isn’t easy and there are disagreements, gritted teeth and pragmatic compromises required but now that these folk are sitting at the same table...we’re taking great strides forward in tackling some really complex, wicked problems.
Wilmar’s step into the light really is a revolution. If Wilmar can do it, everyone else must too. Wilmar is not some itsy-bitsy niche company - they’re the world’s largest palm oil company for goodness sakes. We can expect transparency to be the new order in the years ahead and it started last week with Wilmar’s announcement.