Here is an amazing piece of investigative journalism by The Associated Press (my long-ago employer) on the use, abuse and torture of Burmese slaves who catch fish in the waters near an Indonesian island village. AP’s investigation found that slave-caught fish winds up in the supply chains serving U.S. supermarkets, pet food companies and restaurants. Seafood distributors told the AP the discovery “underscores how hard it is to monitor what goes on halfway around the world.”
Safeway is working to remove slavery and human trafficking from the grocery industry’s supply chain — a vast network encompassing layers of suppliers whose ingredients or components are sold to the manufacturers whose goods line store shelves. I touched on the company’s efforts in a recent post for the MHI trade association’s blog.
I’m pleased to have written the cover story for the first issue of MHI Solutions, a new magazine of industry association MHI (the Material Handling Industry). The article takes a close look at what companies are doing to improve the visibility and nimbleness of their supply chains, from factory to store. Click here for a faster-loading pdf version.