On 24 October 2017, more than 150 participants attended the AIM-PROGRESS Responsible Sourcing Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to discuss common challenges around responsible sourcing and learn about practical tools and processes they can develop to improve their business practices. This forum was sponsored by four AIM-PROGRESS members: Ferrero, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever and supported by The Consumer Goods Forum and CSR Asia.
Following an introduction of AIM-PROGRESS, the co-host organizations presented their commitments and progress made around responsible sourcing and shared key takeaways of their engagement with suppliers on labor issues including forced labor in Malaysia and Southeast Asia.
Melizel Asuncion from Verité emphasized the importance of the local context and how these issues manifest in different sectors in order to properly address labor issues such as health and safety or forced labor. Melizel also highlighted the forced labor and debt bondage-related risks that already exist in the supply chain before migrant workers reach the workplace or get hired for a job.
This one-day forum also provided a series workshops designed to provide practical solutions around migrant labor management, grievance mechanisms and sustainable land use.
AIM-PROGRESS organizes these events globally to provide a forum for suppliers to learn, network and share best practices, while engaging with customers. The event’s intent is for supplier representatives to gain a better understanding of labor rights issues in Malaysia and Southeast Asia and concrete actions that can be taken to drive change and build more sustainable supply chains within their own and extended value chains. Since the beginning of these events, AIM-PROGRESS has organized over 30 such sessions globally, reaching over 3,000 companies.
AIM-PROGRESS is an association of 42 Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies that seek to promote responsible sourcing practices and sustainable supply chains. By working together, member companies focus on improving compliance performance while avoiding duplication of social compliance audits.