HUMAN RIGHTS CASE STUDIES
Hewlett-Packard have driven industry-wide efforts to promote sustainable and ethical sourcing. The success of their due diligence has resulted from their timely and effective responses to discoveries of human rights abuse. By focusing resources on communities most at risk, HP have developed due diligence that is more impactful. They have however stressed that individual efforts by a select few companies will not drive meaningful change within the electronics industry; rather, across-the-board collaboration is required for elimination of modern slavery and human rights abuse.
Primark has refocused its corporate social responsibility in response to the deadly Rana Plaza tragedy, implementing key ethical initiatives to ensure supplier compliance with ethical standards and increased transparency surrounding employment practices. Human rights PR scandals have had a lasting impact on consumer perception of the Primark brand, illustrating the necessity of acting preemptively to mitigate latent risks within the supply chain. Primark’s prioritisation of worker rights through the reformation of their auditing process and application of meaningful due diligence has been largely successful in addressing supply chain human rights abuses, particularly where workers have been personally engaged to provide authentic testimony about working conditions. Primark has contributed significant resources to promoting sustainable sourcing, in a wider attempt to destigmatise the consumer notion that ‘fast fashion’ perpetuates unethical practices, and to make amends for historically poor labour practices.