Through varied approaches, large companies operating in Asia are taking increasingly active steps to improve the sustainability of their suppliers

As a slate of high-profile factory incidents and labour rights abuses in Asia over the past few years have forced global brands and retailers to reconcile the mismatched pieces in their value chains, several large companies on the continent are offering different approaches to managing and optimising their supply networks.

From large multinationals to sizeable homegrown businesses, the most innovative companies in Asia are implementing new checks and safeguards to tackle their most pressing issues – labour rights, wages, health and safety, data protection and environmental pollution.

Most businesses in Asia reach their markets through a maze of subcontractors and sub-subcontractors in highly fractured regulatory and infrastructure environments.

According to the management consultancy Accenture, for instance, supply chains in the region are often significantly more difficult to manage than in many other parts of the world.

Already a global manufacturing powerhouse, Asia’s share in the world economic output is expected to rise from 30% now to more than 40% in the coming decade, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

As the structure of the Asian economy continues to transform from a narrower manufacturing hub to a vibrant and diverse marketplace, big companies on the...

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