Oxfam assists Unilever to assess worker conditions at Vietnamese supplier locations

An article in the Financial Times (June 11,2013) describes the use of Oxfam’s personnel by Unilever to audit its suppliers in Vietnam to assess worker management practices. Oxfam focuses on worker wages, working hours and the extent of contract labor used by suppliers. Oxfam’s reputation enables Unilever to get an independent read of its supplier’s practices, including reviews of state owned enterprises and trade union represented entities aligned with the ruling Communist party. Suggested supplier practice changes as well as showcasing of best practice supplier practices that do not compromise competitiveness are claimed to be benefits. Does the use of the Oxfam NGO to play the role of ethical supply chain practice compliance auditor increase its acceptability by the consumer ? Will Oxfam’s broader agenda be compromised given its commercial auditing role ? Or is this a unique win-win partnership to solve a business need ?

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