FNET offers the following services to its members:
Supplier & retailer support and best practice
Risk Assessment tool
Supplier engagement materials
Included in our membership, we offer bespoke 121 consultancy support to all our supplier members. Members use this time in many ways, from tailoring their risk assessments to their specific business to policy development and training.
New members are offered a buddy to help getting started with FNET and existing members can benefit from a buddy system and networking that enables extensive exchange on human rights topics.
FNET offers a range of tools to support its members to identify, manage and respond to global food supply chain ethical trade risks.
Our risk assessment tool is the basis for identifying supply chain ethical trade risks of ingredients, raw materials and supply chains. It is based on credible public sources and enables risk identification on ingredient level. There are two versions of the tool – an online version and offline, Excel based tool.
Our strategic guidance and supplier engagement materials are created by our members and the FNET Secretariat. Further useful tools are developed depending on the members’ needs.
All tools are accessible to members via the member login area of our website.
Key to FNET is collaboration. In our three main workstreams, all of our members engage in different topics of interest to share experience, knowledge and to create a common approach to ethical trade.
Our first workstream supports members to undertake risk assessments in their supply chain and to mitigate risks.
At the core of this workstream’s activities are the FNET Risk Assessment tool alongside which we buddy companies up with one another to undertake the process of risk assessment and identify their priorities.
We regularly produce additional guidance that help members to understand the human rights risks they face. Alongside this, we have worked on supply chain mapping and, most recently, have developed joint mitigation guidance for our members and for their suppliers.
Our collaboration workstream includes four working groups which identified by members as areas where they had insufficient leverage to act alone. The groups meet quarterly to discuss best practice, develop tools, policies, procedures and other resources and hear from industry experts. We currently have four working groups working on Warehousing and Logistics, Recruitment Fees, Raw Materials and Worker Representation.
Recruitment Fees – to support members to map the payment of recruitment fees in their supply chain and remediate any fees identified
Worker Representation – aiming to improve the effectiveness of workforce representation in members operations and supply chains through improved transparency of the challenges faced and an increased understanding of best practice
Raw Materials – helping members to map spice and nut supply chains, identify and collectively tackle human rights risks identified
Warehousing and Logistics – a joint working group with Stronger Together and the Indirect Human Rights Forum to improve human rights due diligence in warehousing and logistics.
In our third workstream, members collectively develop tools and resources and discuss best practice for training and engaging buyers, directors, suppliers, and workers on human rights issues.
FNET is a forum for sharing issues and best practice and developing practical solutions to human rights issues. During our regular all-member events, we exchange learnings and collectively conduct relevant training. Furthermore, the Secretariat publishes weekly emails and quarterly newsletters with the most relevant ethical trade news, tools, conferences and training opportunities. A sample of the FNET newsletter is available via the FNET Secretariat.
If you would like more details on any of our working groups, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.