February 01, 2014

The Policies

The Model Policies are not intended to be an off-the-shelf or one-size-fits-all product. Instead, they offer useful guidance and commentary, and they identify optional considerations that a business enterprise should take into account when developing its own tailored policies.  These options range from adopting only the most general business and supplier policies based on the Model Principles (see Part II), to modifying existing policies in order to be consistent with the Model Principles and the related Commentary and Guidance (see Parts III and IV), to taking a more comprehensive approach that implements a detailed set of fine-tuned business and supplier policies in a manner consistent with the materials here. Additional options (including annotated model policies) can be found in the Database of Resources. In any case, the business enterprise is encouraged to use the Model Policies to fashion a corporate policy or code that fits its operating environment. Whether the Business or Supplier is creating a new company policy or revising an old one, it should adapt these materials based on its particular facts and circumstances.

The Model Policies consist of six parts:

  • Part I: Introduction
  • Part II: Model Principles
  • Part III: Model Business Policy
  • Part IV: Model Supplier Policy
  • Part V: Model Glossary
  • Part VI: Endnotes 

These are intended to assist business enterprises and suppliers that do not currently have policies relating to Labor Trafficking and Child Labor as well as businesses and suppliers that wish to consider possible modification of existing policies to reflect evolving practices.  

ABA Model Business and Supplier Policies on Labor Trafficking and Child Labor
February 2014