New System Manual Feature: Promoting the Cascade Effect in the Food Sector


amfori launched a series of articles explaining the new features of the revised version of the System Manual and benefits towards helping your company’s efforts in improving social performance.

Learn more in this issue about the cascade effect and catch up on the previous issues on the Zero Tolerance Protocol.

What is the cascade effect?

The cascade effect will result in an increasing number of members’ business partners beyond tier 1 to respect the amfori BSCI Code of Conduct and improve their social performance.

amfori members and their business partners are encouraged to take an active role in this process. The revised System Manual gives more extensive guidance to amfori members on how to communicate the Code of Conduct and how to support and monitor its implementation in the supply chain beyond tier 1.

How can I empower my business partners?

To promote the cascade effect amfori members can:

  • Advise business partners to map their supply chain and record this information in the amfori BSCI Platform
  • Encourage them to focus on those business partners that might pose higher risks such as sub-contractors, recruitment agencies (or labour brokers), farms and small-holders
  • Ask them to communicate the amfori BSCI Code of Conduct and Terms of Implementation
  • Assist them to monitor observance of the Code

Cascading in the food sector

In food supply chain, main social risks are often found in primary production. amfori members sourcing fresh fruits and vegetables should actively involve their business partners to prevent adverse impact to workers on farms.

amfori members can actively engage with packhouses, agricultural cooperatives and farmer associations. These business partners can play an active role to:

  • Communicate and explain the Code of Conduct to the farms
  • Assist farms to improve their practices through technical advice, training and record keeping
  • Monitor the performance of farms, for example, through internal audits

Multi-tier audits

amfori members can also conduct multi-tier audits in their food supply chains to assess the social performance of business partners beyond tier 1.

A multi-tier audit can include:

  • A packhouse and a sample of contracted farms
  • A cooperative and a sample of member farms

More information is available in the System Manual and Guidelines on how to monitor cooperatives.

Continuous Improvement

amfori members can assist packhouses and cooperatives to actively promote the observance of the Code and to monitor farm performance.

A special training session specifically tailored for the food sector on Social Management System and Cascade Effect is now available online on the amfori Academy.

More support to address most common risks concerning occupational health and safety and forced labour in agri-business will be available in 2019.

Previous issues

New System Manual Feature: Updated Zero Tolerance Protocol

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