Study on Human Rights and Labour Rights’ Risk Mapping in the Global Natural Rubber Value Chains

July 1, 2020  |   Documents

A Social Risk Study (SRS) to identify social issue priorities, country hotspots, explore mitigation solutions and highlight best practice options

The global natural rubber value chain’s social issues, impacts and risks were assessed, mapped and prioritized for 16 producer countries across Southeast Asia, West Africa and South America.

A range of significant Livelihood, Labour and Land social risks embedded within natural rubber supply chains were identified through: an extensive literature review; country social risk assessments using external legal rights, governance and social security databases and indices; a survey of the GPSNR’s Strategy & Objectives Working Group; and interviews with stakeholder experts familiar with the natural rubber sector.

A transformative program of social risk mitigation measures and actions leveraging and adapting existing best practice solutions is recommended, coordinated by the GPSNR operating at the global level as well as targeted regional and in-country initiatives and interventions, primarily through partnership-based approaches.

The SRS report was jointly funded by GIZ and the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR). It was prepared by James Griffiths & Associates Sàrl for the GPSNR’s Strategy & Objectives Work Group in fulfillment of RFP A02-002. GPSNR acknowledges the generous inputs provided by various experts interviewed during the stakeholder outreach phase.

© GPSNR, June 2020

This study is a result of a collaborative effort by GPSNR members, the Secretariat and other rubber sector stakeholders. While it will inform GPSNR work, it does not necessarily represent the views of every member of GPSNR, nor does it mean that every member of GPSNR endorses every concept, approach or conclusion described herein. It is noted that there were differences of views of GPSNR members on certain sections of the study, particularly the outcomes related to child labor. GPSNR also acknowledges the complexity surrounding issues related to the environment and will be exploring these in a separate study.

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