JBS FIGHTS SLAVE LABOR WITH NEW MAPPING TOOL
Márcio Nappo, JBS Sustainability Director, attended the InPACTO (National Pact Institute to Eradicate Slave Labor) 5-year Anniversary Seminar in São Paulo to share experiences about efforts to eradicate forced labor discuss the main challenges Brazilian companies face to encourage wider adoption of best practices across the country.
At the “The path, the learning and the context” seminar, Nappo talked about the leadership role that JBS has played to monitor, prevent and counter slave labor across its supply chain. The Company currently has a new monitoring system which it is using to map areas where there is a risk forced labor will be employed in the Amazon, the region with the highest number of cases involving forced labor in Brazil, according to a press release JBS disclosed on Wednesday (05)..
The tool, called Hotspot Mapping, takes a new approach by addressing to different perspectives: geographic/territorial and social/economic/demographic. This means the company can also develop action plans based on the results in each region.
“InPACTO helped us develop this new tool which maps the supply chain situation in the Legal Amazon. The system is easy to understand and deploy, helping us quickly identify possibly critical regions and rank cattle suppliers based on potential risk”, Nappo said in the release.
Hotspot Mapping underlines JBS’ commitment to the issue. JBS has been a signatory of the National Pact to Eradicate Slave Labor since 2007 and was Brazil’s first food industry company to become a member of InPacto back in 2014. The company also partners with the institute to support with innovative efforts to detect and eradicate slave labor in Brazil.
“This partnership between JBS and InPACTO is strategically very important. Together, we have advanced several agendas and projects intended to build r a more responsible production chain. We are very happy to celebrate the institute’s 5th anniversary alongside so many other partners who are all working towards a common goal”, he said.
Mércia Silva, Executive Director at InPACTO, said JBS is addressing the challenge of eradicating slave labor across its production chain by putting the issue on the company’s management and compliance agendas.
“JBS is a major InPACTO partner and is helping us raise awareness of the issue in Brazil. We are optimistic about the way this joint effort is developing, particularly the efforts to share these experiences and practices with other industries”, said Mércia.
In addition to Márcio Nappo, other roundtable participants included Caio Magrio, CEO of the Ethos Institute; Ana Yara, InPACTO board member; and Guiliana Ortega, Executive Director at the C&A Institute. Túlio Dias, President of InPACTO, was the panel moderator.
The second roundtable discussion held during the seminar discussed “Future challenges and opportunities + 5 years” with representatives from the Ministry of Women, Family and Human Rights; the Office of the Labor Prosecutor; the British Embassy and the Liechtenstein Initiative. Mércia Silva, Executive Director at InPACTO, acted as moderator.
Source: Portal CarneTec Brasil