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Supply Chain Matters – Due Diligence: Defra DeSA and the RBA’s partnership

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Defra’s e-Sustainability Alliance (DeSA) was founded in 2018 to promote, collect, share and implement best practice aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Defra’s 25 Year Environment Plan. The Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) is the world's largest industry coalition dedicated to corporate social responsibility in global supply chains.

In today’s globally connected world, proactively conducting supplier due diligence can minimise exposure to risks regarding human rights and modern slavery. A risk-based approach to due diligence, regular monitoring, a robust governance structure and internal control policies can help mitigate risks and demonstrate transparency.

The Defra’s e-Sustainability Alliance and the RBA have partnered to support businesses and stakeholders, including government bodies, to find sustainable solutions to the structural drivers of forced labour in industry. As industry institutions, we create spaces where members and partners can develop new ways of tracking forced labour, identify gaps, and devise methods to scale up solutions. The video you are about to watch will provide an effective means for exploring necessary resources and expertise, whether you’re buying raw materials, products or hiring a service.

Through robust due diligence on recruitment fees, third parties such as recruitment agencies are assessed and monitored for responsible sourcing practices.

Please contact Mattie Yeta ( & Deborah Albers ( for further information on forced labour and due diligence.

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