Managing NGO Activity And Engagement
In recent times, there has been a significant rise in the activity of non government organisations (NGOs) and the global challenges that they pose to business. Irrespective of industry type, the focus of their campaigns is often emotive and aims to raise public awareness of issues.
Within the last few years there has been a considerable increase in leather specific NGO activity, covering three main areas; climate change, global pollution and water usage and animal welfare which includes deforestation, water pollution and toxic chemical use.
“Within the last few years there has been a considerable increase in leather specific NGO activity”
Failing to exchange information on chemicals in the supply chain can result in substantial costs related to non-compliance, product recalls and reformulations; investing in actively gathering information on the hazards and properties of chemicals in products allows companies to stay ahead of regulatory pressure, and respond quickly to changing substance restrictions.
It is important to understand that NGO activity is not going to go away. If anything, the activity will only increase and will inevitably have an impact on all stakeholders in the leather supply chain. Understanding and managing supply chain issues is key when addressing any challenges set by NGO campaigns.