The Investor Forum works to put stewardship at the heart of the decision making process. Shareholders increasingly need to incorporate the impact of all value drivers when considering their long-term investment thesis – including non-financial factors such as culture, human capital, environmental impact and citizenship. For investors, insights in these areas are becoming a differentiating factor.
In 2017, we focused on the working environments of the distribution centres and the potential for abuse within the textile supply chain in the apparel sector:
Working Practices in the Apparel Sector.
In 2018, we extended those insights and lessons into our analysis of the food retail sector. These are large consumer facing businesses, and significant employers, directly and indirectly, which have the power to influence complex global supply chains. The risks the sector faces differ – but labour exploitation and creating a productive working environment are systemic challenges.