Supplier event

Africa hub supplier event (virtual)

7 - 8 Jun 2023 Online

This virtual event, over two days – 7-8 June 2023, was organised by the AIM-Progress Africa hub, facilitated by Partner Africa.

It was open to suppliers in the African region who have business relationships with the AIM-Progress members. Attendees were from over 30 countries, with 167 on day 1 and 130 on day 2.

Speakers

  • Natalie Swan, Partner Africa
  • Sofia Durrani, Head of Sustainability, Community Projects and CSR The Savannah Fruits Company
  • Henry Wera, Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence Coordinator, Fairtrade Africa
  • Bev Hall, Just Transition Expert
  • Riri Malikah, Director of Services South and Southeast Asia at The Centre for Child Rights and Business
  • Ines Kaempfer, CEO of The Centre for Child Rights and Business
  • Hilda Artur, Community Development Manager, Touton SA
  • Claire Sammonds-Evans, Sustainability Lead, Prevented Ocean Plastic by Bantam Materials

Key take-aways

  • Stakeholder engagement, including ongoing communication, is crucial for undertaking human rights due diligence.
  • Strong supplier relationship management is vital in helping us identify and monitor human rights risks, including child labour risks.
  • The Due Diligence cycle must keep rolling endlessly.
  • Child labour is often hidden, and it requires extra efforts from companies to know and understand child labour risks. Even if it costs us something, children’s rights and needs should always be at the heart of what we do and guide our actions.
  • The challenges we face as people and planet may seem overwhelming at times, but by coming together with a genuine desire and openness to learn, share and find workable solutions we can and will overcome.
  • 94% of the participants said the event provided them with better practical understanding and guidance and allowed them to learn from similar type industries.

Presentations

Day 1 - 7 June
Setting the foundation - an introduction to human rights due diligence

The aim of the session was to gain an understanding of human rights due diligence; what it entails and how to develop policies and practices to ensure that human rights risks are mitigated in your operations and supply chain,

The objectives of the session included:

  • Understanding of the human rights due diligence cycle
  • Contextualising due diligence in relation to emerging regulation
  • An introductory guide to the key elements of the due diligence cycle
  • Understanding how this relates to your business
Day 2 - 8 June
How to spot, prevent, remediate child labour; climate change human rights & just transition

Child Labour

This session looked at what constitutes child labour and hazardous labour and how business activities can impact on the rights of children. It then looked into how businesses can mitigate child labour including how businesses can increase supply chain visibility and transparency, how to engage and enforce child labour policies and how to respond when child labour is identified. The session had a guest speaker from Touton who shared what activities they do when they identify child labour including Households & farmers’ remediation activities, community level remediation and child level remediation.

Just Transition

This session aimed to raise awareness of the ’Just Transition’ approach to climate change & consider how this applies to human rights through sharing, demonstrate how African business supplying to the EU & UK can prepare for people centred climate action. It included post pandemic trends & policy landscape, explanations of the climate & human rights intersection. Prevented Ocean Plastics spoke about their initiatives with regards to recycling.