Transparency in the Supply Chain: Eradicating Exploitation

By Carl Kish Co-Founder, STOKE Certified | September 06, 2015

Co-authored by Jess Ponting, Co-founder, Stoked Certified

Human and sex trafficking, otherwise known as modern day slavery, is still the fastest growing crime industry in the world. This type of exploitation in the workforce may not be at the forefront of every hotel executive's mind, but it needs to be considering hotels are the third most common venue for sex trafficking.

While Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) progresses into the proverbial "business as usual" category thanks to the adoption of such legislative mandates from a number of countries, these laws do not specifically target human trafficking. These national CSR mandates can be seen as precursors to what California, and now the UK, have implemented to combat the 150 billion dollar forced labor industry.

California set the precedent with the Transparency in Supply Chain Act (TISCA) which came into effect January 2012. TISCA requires businesses in CA with more than $100 million in annual revenue to disclose exactly how they are eliminating slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains. Specifically, a business must communicate to what extent it:

  1. "Engages in verification of product supply chains to evaluate and address risks of human trafficking and slavery.

  2. Conducts audits of suppliers.

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