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Responsible Glove Alliance

RGA Overview

The Responsible Glove Alliance (RGA) is a collaborative initiative established to prevent, identify and remediate forced labor in the medical supplies industry in Malaysia through recruitment transformation, collective influence and the application of due diligence with advanced standards, tools and programs. Membership is open to buyers and suppliers of rubber gloves from Malaysia that meet strict membership requirements and commitments. All RGA members commit to core principles that recognize the importance of promoting responsible recruitment and employment practices in the rubber glove industry. 

The Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) is the Secretariat for the RGA and, as such, is currently hosting the organization and providing administrative and strategic support. The inaugural RGA Steering Committee with voting positions will consist of a representative each from the RGA founding members, with subsequent terms of selected members of two years. The RGA Steering Committee will oversee the general management and direction of initiative and operate by consensus.

RGA Vision: A medical supplies supply chain where the rights and dignity of workers vulnerable to forced labor in global supply chains are consistently respected and promoted through responsible recruitment and employment practices.

RGA Mission: Medical supply buyers and suppliers, recruitment partners and stakeholders* use their collective efforts and application of due diligence to drive the transformation of recruitment markets, reduce the risk of forced labor and provide remedy, where applicable, in global supply chains at all stages of recruitment and employment.

While no organization or group of companies alone can prevent all issues in the supply chain, the RGA and its members will work together and with key stakeholders to identify, mitigate and prevent conditions that contribute to forced labor, and participate in remediation where appropriate, through the application of international standards and due diligence approaches aligned with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP). Working in a pre-competitive, collaborative environment allows for consistent application of these standards in a more expedient and effective manner.

* Stakeholders may include government, civil society, investor, academic and other organizations with a vested interest in the topics addressed under the RGA.

Learn more about the RGA, its members and membership criteria on the RGA's website here.

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