August 12, 2016

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The Foreign Trade Association (FTA) has issued a guidance package on ‘Syrian Refugees Working in Turkey’ in order to support participants and producers of the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) on understanding, identifying, and preventing potential exploitation of Syrian refugees in the supply chain in Turkey.

Currently, around 2.73 million Syrian refugees are living in Turkey, out of which around 400,000 are believed to work illegally in the agriculture and textile industry. Main concerns expressed by BSCI members are the abuse of labour rights and lack of social security of migrant workers as well as child labour in the supply chain. In recognition of the difficult situation in the country, FTA made its guide available to all companies sourcing in Turkey. Furthermore, the organisation advises companies sourcing in Turkey to set in place internal policies and improve audits for tier 1 and tier 2 suppliers to identify migrant workers in the supply chain in order to register and employ them appropriately.

Tags: bsci, fta, refugee, supply chain, syria, turkey.