Countries including the United Kingdom and United States of America are seeing increased vulnerability to critical violations, due to a rise in foreign migrant workers' exploitation, according to ELEVATE’S Supply Chain ESG Risk Ratings Report. As such, these countries are more likely to experience risk events and disruptions that are in conflict with governance frameworks and legislation.
The report, sourced from 20,000 global supplier audits, concludes that states such as Texas, Florida and New York have a higher risk of forced labour than Pakistan, India, Thailand, and Indonesia. Although the UK saw its Forced Labour Index decrease by 58% over the last year, the welcoming of Ukrainian refugees increases the potential for forced labour occurrences.
Contributing to this, the report highlights a decrease in audit transparency, with suppliers in 50 sourcing geographies being less transparent post-pandemic.
Kevin Franklin, Managing Director – Advisory at ELEVATE, an LRQA company, commented:
'Even historically lower-risk Western markets have started to slip. It is now clear that simply homeshoring or nearshoring manufacturing in countries previously thought to be ‘safe’ from egregious ESG risks is not enough'.
Considerations for insurers
Considering the report’s findings, insurers may want to consider and assess whether policyholders have systematic and proactive supply chain risk management practices in place.