The Social Responsibility Alliance (SRA) released version 2.1 of the Slavery and Trafficking Risk Template (STRT) in late November 2020. Updates were driven by feedback from STRT users, suppliers, industry, and others.
The annual updates ensure the template continues to offer its users a tried-and-tested mechanism for addressing and mitigating modern slavery risk. It also ensures the template continues to offer suppliers an easy and standard way to communicate their policies, practices, and procedures with their clients.
Below you will find the full list of updates. Unless otherwise specified, question numbering refers to version 2.1.
- Q11E: Added new punctuation and made minor tweaks to wording to improve readability.
- Glossary: Strengthened definition of “labor supply chain” to improve clarity.
- Q1 & ‘Countries Tab’: De-linked country risk from the US Trafficking in Persons Report to give users greater flexibility on country risk calculations. Users now disclose all operating locations for Q1, even operating locations within Tier 1 countries, like Taiwan.
- Q12: Optimized questions to reflect the passing of the 22 December 2019 deadline set by the United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolution 2397 (2017) for the repatriation of North Korean nationals earning income abroad by:
- Removing an outdated ‘North Korean Sanctions and Enforcement Action Advisory’ as a reference in the tool.
- Replacing Q6 in v2.0 with a broader question on policy provisions to regulate the use of migrant workers (Q12).
- Certification: Focused the certification section of the STRT on the provision of “true and accurate” responses.
- Q14 and Q15: Revised supporting documentation description to match the focus of the questions and fixed misspelling.
- Introduction Tab: Added the U.S. Tariff Act (Section 307) and Canada Customs Tariff Act to the list of laws and regulations the STRT supports, bringing the total to nine.
- Q5: Added a new question to empower businesses to prioritize their efforts based on the number of potentially impacted people.
- Q4A and Q4B: Separated internal operations and supplier operations for sector risk, and added an ‘unknown’ option for supplier operations, to improve analysis.
- Q3, Q8, Q9 and ‘Chinese Provinces and Cities Tab’: Introduced new questions and a new tab to help users address forced labor risks associated with the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China.