ELEVATE and CCR CSR announce collaboration
ELEVATE and CCR CSR announce collaboration to remediate child labor in supply chains
Hong Kong, 18 June 2019 – ELEVATE, the leading business risk and sustainability solutions provider, and the Center for Child Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility (CCR CSR), a social enterprise that improves the lives of children by working with companies to achieve child-friendly supply chain operations, have announced a collaboration to increase effectiveness in remedial and improvement services related to child labor.
As part of this collaboration, CCR CSR will be ELEVATE’s preferred partner to support customers and partners with child labor remediation, child rights risk assessment, and support programs for parent and young workers.
ELEVATE and CCR CSR will conduct a series of shared-learning training sessions including for ELEVATE’s industry-leading assessment team members in China and Bangladesh. The focus of these engagements will be on how to go beyond the safe identification of child labor and ensure the collection of additional information on site that increases the likelihood of effective and equitable long-term remediation.
“We see this collaboration as a vital and proactive part of effectively addressing child labor issues in key sourcing markets,” said Dr. Kevin Franklin, ELEVATE Senior Vice President of Consulting & Product. “The current economic pressure on supply chains in Asia is generating a greater risk of cost-cutting behavior. This may include sub-contracting, use of migrant workers and an increased potential use of child and young workers. Our joint solution with CCR CSR will support the industry to scale improved conditions in factories via a more closely integrated audit-remediation process.”
“By combining CCR CSR’s experience in child labor prevention and remediation with ELEVATE’s wider business portfolio, we’re in an exciting position together to offer strong immediate support to companies and most importantly to the children trapped in child labor situations,” added Ines Kaempfer, Executive Director, CCR CSR.
The new cooperation between ELEVATE and CCR CSR underscores the importance of integrated services across assessment and consulting to improve program effectiveness for corporations, brands, retailers, vendors and factories.
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ELEVATE is the leading business risk and sustainability solutions provider. We deliver improved organizational performance through sustainability and supply chain assessment and auditing, consulting, program management and analytics. We shape the industry with our innovative solutions to complex problems, by designing and implementing customized programs and technology that provide complete insight into risk and improve supply chain and sustainability performance. ELEVATE is headquartered in Hong Kong, and the company’s 620 employees oversee work in over 100 countries through dedicated offices in Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK, USA and Vietnam.
For more information, please visit www.elevatelimited.com
About CCR CSR
The Center for Child Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility (CCR CSR) is a pioneer in consulting business on child rights in their supply chains, working in a growing number of Asian countries including China, Hong Kong, Myanmar, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Laos, Malaysia and Indonesia. CCR CSR, as a social enterprise, has extensive experience and expertise in helping companies improve their direct and indirect impact on children and through it, strengthen their sustainable business.
For more information, please visit www.ccrcsr.com
Bronwyn Alexander, ELEVATE
Tel: +852 9080 8437
Ellen Schliebitz, CCR CSR
Tel: +86 1362139 0719
Photo: Two former underage workers gain new skills in a remediation program in Myanmar supported by the brand and its supplier. Photo credit: CCR CSR