Supply Chain Ethics Resources

Supply Chain Ethics is an integral part of any organisation's supply chain, and with increasing visibility across the supply chain, it has become the forefront in many organisations. Ethical standards matter increasingly to retailers and, least of all, to final customers.

This growing awareness of ethics places significant importance on supply chains. Companies that address ethics in their supply chains are more likely to build a favourable reputation for their products. However, applying the principles of ethics should stretch back to even raw material suppliers and not only the manufacturers of their products.  

Supply Chains are global, and sourcing is an integral part of these supply chains. As a result, these are often the subject of exploitation, fraud, bribery, and malpractice. These practices place significant responsibility on companies to address Supply Chain Ethics across their operations.  

Supply Chain Ethics focuses on:

  • Labour Practices specifically addressing Child Labour
  • Living wages
  • Working hour limits
  • Discrimination by Race, Sex, or Religion
  • Workplace Health and Safety Conditions
  • Product Safety
  • Pollution, Waste Reduction and Recycling
  • The Principles of Circular Economy
  • Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Fraud, Corruption and Bribery
  • Sourcing from Geographic Areas affected by Conflict and Violence

Many of these matters have become the subject of global initiatives, such as the UN Global Compact, which addresses human rights, labour, environment, and Anti-corruption.

ASCI has compiled a library of resources on Supply Chain Ethics to support its registrants, members, and corporate members in their endeavours towards Supply Chain Ethics.

Supply Chain Ethics

Cultivate Supply Chain Resilience by Taking a Stakeholder Approach to Modern Slavery Due Diligence

White Papers and Reports

Annual Review (Australia) Hope for Justice 2020-21

This document presents an Annual Review of the work of “Hope for Justice”, which has reached just under 200,000 people during the last 12 months. That astonishing figure includes nearly 5,000 adults and children who were themselves victims of human trafficking or modern slavery or intensely vulnerable to it – by far the highest number they have ever reached in a single year.

Copyright © Hope for Justice Australia; and

ISM Principles of Sustainability and Social Responsibility with a Guide to Adoption and Implementation

The supply management business function is critical to any organisation’s success in implementing policies, processes and practices that improve sustainability and social responsibility. From a legal and risk perspective, the supply management function must ensure that companies within their supply chains are not engaging in illegal, unethical, or harmful practices to either people or the environment. This responsibility extends to all tiers of the upstream supply chain, not just immediate suppliers.

Copyright © 2020 Institute for Supply Management®

Principles and Standards of Ethical Supply Management Conduct with Guidelines

Ethical companies are more profitable, create better brand and shareholder value, attract top innovative talent, build customer and supplier loyalty, and experience fewer expensive lawsuits. As the supply management profession has become a strategic influencer, every action within the supply chain has consequences. Given that, supply management professionals have the oppor¬tunity and obligation to model and communicate ethical behaviour across the entire supply chain. This document intends to offer a compass for supply management ethics.

Copyright © 2020 Institute for Supply Management®

Germany’s New Supply Chain Law: What You Need to Know

Germany’s Supply Chain Due Diligence Act was adopted in June 2021. This Quick Guide provides an overview of the legislation (as of July 2021) and practical suggestions on preparing your supply chain for the upcoming changes.

Copyright © - 2021


Many businesses are seeking to be better corporate citizens by reducing their environmental impact and improving conditions for workers. While activist consumers have played a role in pushing companies to make positive changes, visionary leaders are themselves considering the growth opportunities that can come from pursuing such agendas.

Executing a business strategy that results in less damage to the environment and is equitable for all stakeholders doesn’t have to mean sacrificing margins, say Marco Bertini, John Pineda, Amadeus Petzke, and Jean-Manuel Izaret. They argue that more creative thinking about both pricing mechanisms and cost mitigation can allow a company to do well by doing good.

Copyright © Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2021. Special Collection – Sustainable Business – MIT Sloan Management Review

Will Collaborative Intervention Finally End Modern Slavery?

Despite attempts to eradicate slavery from global supply chains, the practice still exists and has sadly increased as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This whitepaper explores the drivers of modern slavery, the impact of the pandemic on forced labour, and what is being done to establish slavery-free supply chains.
Copyright © - 2021

Useful Links

The Ethics Centre
Markkula Centre for Applied Ethics
The Ethics Institute
Hope for Justice
Slave Free Alliance: Working towards a Slave-free Supply Chain

Understanding Anti-Slavery Contract Clauses

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