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Responsible sourcing risks in Turkey

National laws on modern slavery and supply chain due diligence are significantly raising the compliance stakes for business. Rising scrutiny means violations deep in the supply chain can harm brand reputation; if worker abuse result from inadequate due diligence, business may face fines under new laws in France and the Netherlands.

The map below, from our Human Rights Outlook 2017, illustrates the geographic distribution of vulnerable workers across key commodity producing regions in Turkey, by mapping refugees and asylum seekers. All four commodities highlighted, hazelnuts, cherries, lentils and chickpeas are medium and high risk in our commodity risk data. Chickpea production, for example, is concentrated in an area that has some of the largest numbers of refugees, who are vulnerable to labour exploitation.

With mandatory disclosure laws multiplying, identifying and preventing violations in the supply chain is increasingly important.