OUR SUPPLIERS & COMMUNITY
Among the most significant challenges BSP has identified during our due diligence process is the existence of human rights risks further down our supply chain, particularly concerning children working alongside their parents and siblings to collect wheat straw or recovered paper and board. Primary research on the cultural and economic realities of our supply chains in Pakistan, duly supplemented by BSP’s own observations in the field, confirm that economic inequity and resultant poverty are the key drivers behind the phenomenon of child labour. BSP is currently mapping the socio-economic profiles of our host communities, as well as our supplier networks. Gaps in social service provision have been identified for which immediate responses will be mounted through BSP’s support. Examples of such service delivery support include health and education initiatives for vulnerable communities where such services are unavailable, inaccessible or unaffordable.