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This list is maintained by the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) and is one of many resources available at our Help Desk:https://helpdesk.gijn.org/support/home
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It is also included in our Investigating the Supply Chain guide. See the full guide here:https://gijn.org/2018/08/15/investigating-the-supply-chain-latest-addition-to-gijns-resource-center/
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Investigative Tools
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PanjivaPanjivahttps://panjiva.com. Export/Import DatabaseA user-friendly import/export database. Note: brands can opt out of public disclosure. It includes data on US, China, India, South America and more. Complimentary access is considered for select journalists on a case-by-case basis. If you are a reporter, please contact pressinquiries.mi@spglobal.com for additional information.
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PIERSPIERShttps://ihsmarkit.com/products/piers.htmlExport/Import DatabasePIERS is the leading provider of import and export data at the detailed, bill-of-lading level – claims to have industry's largest US waterborne trade data set. Fee-based, so does not give free access to database to reporters, but will help on a case-by-case basis, depending on the nature of the inquiry.
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EnigmaEnigma Publichttps://public.enigma.com/DatabaseOne dataset here shows US bill of lading documents. Provides granular detail such as the shipment container number in addition to item description, consignee and shipper names. It's updated weekly. British Revenue & Customs databases also availabe.
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Import GeniusImport Genius
https://www.importgenius.com/
DatabaseImport Genius has access to shipping manifests for all shipments entering the USA as well as several other countries. Their data includes suppliers, customers, product lines and exporting volumes for factories all over the world. Complimentary access is considered for select journalists on a case-by-case basis. If you are a reporter, please contact media@importgenius.com for additional information.
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Descartes Datamyne
Descartes Datamynehttps://www.datamyne.com/our-product/DatabaseThis commercial service covers the trade of some 50 countries across 5 continents, including key markets in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the European Union, as well as US maritime commerce as documented in house and master bills of lading.
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Business & Human Rights Resource CentreBusiness & Human Rights Resource Centrehttps://www.business-humanrights.orgResources/DatabaseWide range of materials, including a "Find companies" feature that collects news reports on the human rights policies and performance of over 7,000 companies in over 180 countries. "Modern Slavery Registry" includes coporate statements on the subject. Also "Briefings" on industries' human rights records. Multiple languages.
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Investigative Dashboard Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)https://investigativedashboard.org/DatabasePermits searches on companies across the globe and people of interest. Includes lists of corporate registries and other publicly available databases.
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OpenCorporatesOpenCorporateshttps://opencorporates.comDatabaseThe UK-based company Chrinon Ltd operated OpenCorporates, and in early 2018 called itself the largest open database of companies and company data in the world, with in excess of 100 million companies. The information is sourced from national business registries and linked/matched by association. The database is searchable by company, officer and governmental jurisdiction and accessible to journalists and others for free.
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Wayback Machine Wayback Machinehttps://archive.org/DatabaseCan be useful for finding who the company has said are their customers
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International Maritime OrganizationGlobal Integrated Shipping Information Systemhttps://gisis.imo.org/Public/Default.aspxDatabaseMany databases including on ship registration. (Registration required).
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United Nations
UN Comtrade Database
https://comtrade.un.org/DatabaseRepository of international trade statistics.
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World Customs Organization
2017 Illicit Trade Report
http://www.wcoomd.org/en/media/newsroom/2018/november/the-wco-releases-the-2017-illicit-trade-report.aspxResource/DatabaseTries to quantify and map the situation concerning illicit markets in the following six key areas: Cultural Heritage; Drugs; Environment; IPR, Health and Safety; Revenue; and Security.
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Open Apparel Registry
Open Apparel Registry
https://openapparel.org/DatabaseAn open map of global apparel facilities.
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NGOs
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Business & Human Rights Resource CentreKnow the Chainhttps://knowthechain.org/wp-content/plugins/ktc-benchmark/app/public/images/benchmark_reports/KTC_A&F_ExternalReport_Final.pdfResources/NewsletterKnowTheChain has benchmarked major companies on the transparency of their efforts to eradicate forced labor from their global supply chain. Industries covered are: apparel and footwear; food and beverage; information, communications and technology. Weekly newsletter from website: https://business-humanrights.org/en
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Verite
The Commodities Atlas
https://www.verite.org/ResourcesCommodity Atlas covers 43 commodities, explaining prevalent labor abuses, where they occur and more. Describes commodities place in supply chain. Rich in links.
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Verite (Africa)Trafficking Risk in Sub-Saharan African Supply Chainshttps://www.verite.org/africa/ResourcesThe core of the site consists of reports on 22 major African export commodities, and on all 49 sub-Saharan African countries.
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A collaboration of the US State Department, Verité, Made in a Free World and the Aspen Institute.Responsible Sourcing Toolhttp://www.responsiblesourcingtool.org/Website/Interactive ResourcesInteractive tool provides country/industry profiles. Good list of case studies. Designed to help companies understand to what extent forced labor risk is hidden in their supply chains.
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The India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN)Websitehttp://www.indianet.nl/english.htmlWebsiteA human rights organisation dedicated to improving the lives of the marginalized in South Asia. Numerous reports on human rights and corporate responsibility.
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SOMOWebsitehttps://www.somo.nl/programmes/sustainable-supply-chains/WebsiteThe Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) is a critical, independent, not-for-profit knowledge centre on multinationals. Good list of other organizations in the same space under "Network."
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TransparentemWebsitehttps://www.transparentem.com/General informationThis unusual New York-based non-profit organization conducts detailed investigations of corporate supply chains, presenting its findings to the brands and retailers it is investigating. The group gives companies time to respond before sharing its findings with investors, regulators, advocacy organizations or journalists. None posted on website, but sometimes shared with journalists.
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Ethical Trading Iniitiativehttps://www.ethicaltrade.orgResourcesMaterials include good list of organizations, see "Resources" then "Useful Links."
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Corporate Human Rights BenchmarkA collaboration between Aviva Investors, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Calvert Research and Management, Eiris Foundation, Institute for Human Rights and Business and VBDO. https://www.corporatebenchmark.org/ResourcesReport began in 2017 and examines 100 named companies (in the Agricultural Products, Apparel, and Extractives areas) regarding their actions on 100 human rights indicators.
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Social Responsibility Alliance Slavery and Trafficking Risk Templatehttps://www.socialresponsibilityalliance.org/resource/Guide-STRT-Supplier-User-Guide-171031.pdfResourcesMultiple questions for companies to use in self-assessments.
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Anti-SlaveryResources on modern slavery
https://www.antislavery.org/report-slavery-india-brick-kilns/
WebsiteUK group active on slavery, trafficking, supply chains. Good reports and resources.
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CeresTurning Pointhttps://www.ceres.org/resources/roadmap-for-sustainabilityDatabaseA rating of more than 600 of the largest publicly traded companies in the United States are positioned to address critical sustainability issues such as climate change, water pollution and scarcity and human rights abuses. Ceres is "a sustainability nonprofit organization."
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Global GapGlobalg.A.P. Risk Assessment On Social Practice (GRASP)http://www.globalgap.org/export/sites/default/.content/.galleries/documents/161108_GRASP_CL_Option1_V1-3_Jul15_en.pdfResourcesQuestions for corporate self-assessment on labor isssues
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Fashion RevolutionFashion Transparency Index
https://www.fashionrevolution.org/about/transparency/
ResourcesThis UK advocacy group can be resoource. More work to do on transpafency: the average score for all 200 brands and retailers is 21% out of 250 possible points.
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Other Resources
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OpenSourceMapMapping Software
https://open.sourcemap.com/
SoftwareRegister to create visual representations of a supply chain. See examples. Sourcemap provides software to commercial clients to map their supply chains, but leave it to clients to release data (rare).
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SustainalyticsWebsitehttps://www.sustainalytics.comReportsThis international firm sells reports to investors on some 8,000 companies about their environment, social and governance performance. Individual reports may be shared with journalists and analysts can do interviews. Trend reports are also produced.
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