Carl Graziani, senior vice president, supply chain for Safeway is encouraging retailers and manufacturers to begin “mapping their [global] supply chains” in an effort to identify suppliers with suspect labor practices that could include human trafficking and slavery. “As an industry, we need to think about how we can do this collectively,” he said earlier this month at the Supply Chain Conference, held in Orlando, Florida, by the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association. ”Individually, it’s a monumental task.” He suggested an industry initiative to share information, as well as establish a database and standards.
Safeway and other large food retailers based in California have been required over the past year to disclose to consumers on their websites what actions, if any, they are taking to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their global supply chain, per California’s Supply Chain Transparency Act (SB 657). In addition to posting its policies on its website, Safeway has set up a questionnaire for suppliers to answer.
Safeway has also begun the laborious process of analyzing its supply chain, including private label and national brands, to determine whether its products are “responsibly managed or not,” said Graziani. “We could have more than one million links in the supply chain and we’re somehow going to have to do risk assessments on each product we carry.
Learn more at Michael Garry’s Supermarket News article: Safeway Executive Calls for Industry Effort to Combat Human Trafficking.