Japanese companies can lead the world on human rights
Responsible supply practices must be taken into account
Workers pick cotton in a field in Alar, northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region: companies must monitor not just their own conduct but also that of their suppliers and partners.
Ben Fouracre is the Japan representative for the Berkeley Research Group. Jody Ono is adjunct professor at Hitotsubashi University Business School, and is an outside director at Mabuchi Motor.
It is the email CEOs are receiving much more frequently these days: "We've received a letter from an NGO asking what we are doing about forced labor at our suppliers in Southeast Asia."
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