Apprise Audit: an inclusive digital innovation tool for screening vulnerable populations in supply chains
Hannah Thinyane (United Nations University Institute of Computing and Society (UNU-CS))
Francisca Sassetti (United Nations University Institute of Computing and Society (UNU-CS))
Paper short abstract:
This research investigates how technology is used in audits across supply chains, exploring the potential for inclusive digital innovations - such as the tool Apprise Audit - to unmask situations of forced labour and human trafficking prevalent in vulnerable populations such as migrant workers.
Paper long abstract:
According to the Global Slavery Index, 25 million people today are trapped in forced labour but remain widely unidentified, especially in Asia and the Pacific where most manufacturing suppliers are located. Across supply chains, low production costs come hand in hand with exploitative working conditions, which constitute serious human rights violations. In this paper, we put forward a proactive and inclusive digital innovation approach for the identification of victims of human trafficking and forced labour. From a series of consultations held in Thailand with stakeholders, governments, NGOs and migrant workers to determine the need for a victim-identification tool, we developed Apprise Audit, a robust and inclusive tool for screening vulnerable populations such as migrant workers. Although it is download on the frontline responder's phone, Apprise Audit is ultimately a tool in the hands of the potential victim. This study focuses on a survey using an evaluative framework conducted with auditors from countries across Asia and the Pacific region. The aim of this research is to understand how technology is used in supply chains. Since social compliance auditing is a key approach companies use to examine working conditions in their supply chains, we want to investigate whether audits can be opportunities for digital technologies - such as Apprise Audit - to unmask situations of forced labour and human trafficking, while empowering the most vulnerable and contributing towards more inclusive innovation for sustainable development.
- Inclusive development?