Companies in Action
The Responsible Labor Initiative works across sectors to ensure “the rights of workers vulnerable to forced labor in global supply chains are consistently respected and promoted.” Guiding principles to address forced labor in supply chains are well-established, but they lacked coordination across industries, creating weak spots for solution efforts. To overcome this challenge, The Responsible Labor Initiative advances the forced labor mitigation work of the Responsible Business Alliance by working with representatives from the electronics, construction, food and beverage and retail sectors. Strategies employed by the initiative include providing trainings on workers’ rights and ethical recruitment, conducting forced labor audits and maintaining a labor migration corridor database.
The Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA) works to create cost-effective pathways to renewable energy adoption for large-scale buyers. Recognizing the market barriers to large-scale renewable energy purchases, REBA was formed by a group of NGOs in 2017. Today the alliance is made up of 200 stakeholders from across sectors, including representatives from commercial companies, NGOs and energy and service providers. The alliance uses a number of strategies to achieve its goal of creating 60 gigawatts of new renewable energy by 2025, including educating members on the clean energy market, educating policymakers on regulatory changes needed for large renewable energy buyers and helping member companies educate their suppliers on the U.S. clean energy market to streamline production.
Roadmap to Zero works to reduce the chemical footprint of the textile, apparel and footwear industries. To lead on sustainability, companies not only need to adopt carbon reduction strategies to mitigate the effects of climate change, they also need to adopt strategies to eliminate any harmful impacts their operations have on natural resources and water. The clothing industry is especially hard pressed to address this issue, given its reliance on cotton and dyes. Recognizing the harm chemicals used in clothing production were having on the natural environment, Roadmap to Zero was formed by six industry brands in 2011. The collaboration is made up of 160 stakeholders from across the industry, including consumer facing brands, chemical suppliers and manufacturers. To achieve its goals of phasing out the use of hazardous chemicals and making progress in achieving cleaner water and air, Roadmap to Zero collaborates with peer organizations, sets standards and provides the industry with guidance on implementation.