Who Audits the Auditor?: Shaping Legal Accountability Strategies to Redress Social Audit Failings

(Business & Human Rights Resource Centre) Current due diligence efforts by companies have not been enough to prevent labour exploitation. One reason is that companies overly rely on social audits1 to identify labour abuse in their supply chains, despite well-documented shortcomings. For example, social audits only provide a periodic snapshot of a situation, rely on the superficial participation of workers (instead of ongoing and meaningful rights-holder consultation) and don’t take into account root causes of abuse, such as purchasing practices that deny workers a living wage.

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