Transparentem

Transformation Through Transparency

New York City, NY   |  https://www.transparentem.org/

Mission

Transparentem advances the well-being of workers and communities by exposing hard truths to those with the power to transform industries. Our goal is to eradicate human rights and environmental abuses in global supply chains.

Ruling year info

2016

President and Founder

Ben Skinner

Main address

347 Fifth Avenue Suite 1403-442

New York City, NY 10016 USA

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EIN

47-5175472

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Supply Chain Investigation

Investigate: Field investigators interview workers and gather other evidence of human and labor rights violations—child labor, forced labor, OSH issues—severe environmental degradation, and other forms of abuse at worksites.

Trace: The US-based team conducts background research and analyzes supply chains to identify companies that currently or recently sourced from the Investigated worksites.

Engage: We deliver our findings and detailed recommendations to the identified companies and provide them with a period of time to commit to a carry out remediation.

Drive Change: We encourage companies to work on remediation with each other and their suppliers, as well as social assessors and other relevant actors.

Hold Accountable: We give a consolidated report of our findings and company responses (or lack therof) to influential actors for their awareness and action. We keep monitoring conditions at investigated worksites.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Migrant workers

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of investigations conducted to find undesirable behavior

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Migrant workers

Related Program

Supply Chain Investigation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Note an investigation is marked "conducted" in the year it began although each of our investigations span multiple years.

Number of undesirable activities stopped

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Migrant workers

Related Program

Supply Chain Investigation

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of identified social or environmental abuses addressed at the supplier level.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Migrant workers

Related Program

Supply Chain Investigation

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of companies, implicated by our findings, actively implementing corrective action or collaborative efforts in the country, sector of focus, or implicated worksites of our investigations.

Number of groups brought together in a coalition/alliance/partnership

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Migrant workers

Related Program

Supply Chain Investigation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Companies, implicated by our findings, participating in joint or collaborative follow-up action with their suppliers.

Number of stakeholders or stakeholder groups who agree to engage

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Migrant workers

Related Program

Supply Chain Investigation

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

"Engage" is defined as those responsive to our outreach and actively using Transparentem’s products to advance their efforts in the country and sector of focus of our investigation.

Number of reports written/published

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Migrant workers

Related Program

Supply Chain Investigation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of press articles published

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Migrant workers

Related Program

Supply Chain Investigation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Any publication/broadcast by an established media outlet discussing Transparentem, our findings, our efforts, and/or actions taken by relevant stakeholders as a direct result of our investigations.

Number of implicated companies which have adopted new or improved social policies and/or practices

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Migrant workers

Related Program

Supply Chain Investigation

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Transparentem combats child labor, forced labor, and environmental abuses in global supply chains by using hard truths—carefully investigated evidence of exploitation—to compel those with power to transform industries. We push for immediate and long-term remediation of abuses for workers, children, and their communities, and advocate for industrywide improvements to social and environmental policy and practice.

Labor rights violations, including child labor, and severe environmental degradation exist in nearly every global production supply chain. An estimated 160 million children globally are engaged in child labor and nearly 25 million people are victims of forced labor, generating more than $150 billion in annual profits.

Not only are brands and retailers often unaware of the exploitative practices within their supply chains, but external efforts to bring about transparency and ethical compliance are generally lacking or leave companies in defensive crouches. The status quo is harming vulnerable children, workers, and the planet.

Transparentem uses well-honed methods of ethical investigation to uncover abuses at all levels of global supply chains—abuses that legally cannot be ignored by important brands and retailers in North America and Europe. We then use our world-class team with deep expertise across industries to bring companies to the table to play a critical role in remediating and preventing abuses across supply chains, using corporate leverage to drive change.

Our work begins with holistic, evidence-based investigations of environmental and human rights abuses in global supply chains. We identify specific abuses that reveal pervasive issues across a sector or region, in order to spur broader action and drive systemic change.

Once we find strong indications of severe environmental abuses or human rights violations, our team of investigators and analysts conduct rigorous research, including in-depth interviews with workers and community members, open-source intelligence and ground-level information gathering, and supply chain analysis. We adhere to the highest ethical standards of investigative journalism.

We deliver reports to companies identified as currently or recently sourcing from the manufacturers we have investigated, providing them with an opportunity to commit to, and begin to implement, remediation before the release of our final, overarching investigation summary report.

We provide detailed recommendations for remediation based on international standards and promising practices, including a list of organizations that conduct social assessments, labor rights and environmental groups, and relevant local worker organizations to assist with remediation efforts. Additionally, Transparentem encourages buyers to work with their suppliers on remediation based on international standards. We urge involved companies to cooperate with one another on supplier-specific solutions, and to pursue industry-wide initiatives to address identified issues.

We provide companies a period of time to commit to and carry out remediation. During this time, we continue to engage with involved companies and support remediation efforts.

At the end of this process, we prepare a consolidated report for influential regulators, investors, peer organizations, journalists, and advocacy groups. The report includes findings across all investigated worksites, context for the investigation, all company responses, and an assessment of any implemented remediation efforts. Once we release the consolidated report to these influential external groups, we discuss the salient and urgent details of our findings to encourage them to apply additional pressure on buyers, retailers, and suppliers to take sustained action.

After the consolidated report is released, we monitor the actions taken by companies and other relevant actors. Our aim is to determine to what degree the remediation efforts have been thorough, effective, and systematized.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Vulnerable workers, including children, their families, and communities.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Due to what we heard from participants in our in-depth interviews, we reengaged and deepened our efforts in a specific community after learning about the prevalence of previously undiscovered and undisclosed abuses.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our funders, Our community partners, Other relevent stakeholders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    The feedback from the people we serve informs our investigative and programmatic strategies, our engagement with companies, and the types of reform and remediation we drive companies to implement.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Transparentem

Board of directors
as of 11/10/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Emily Martinez

Open Society Foundations


Board co-chair

Dan Viederman

Working Capital Fund

Aruna Kashyap

Human Rights Watch

Neha Misra

Solidarity Center

Kyle Wright

Stardust

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/7/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/20/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.