Forced Labor in the Production of Electronic Goods in Malaysia

Verité’s groundbreaking two-year study into labor conditions in Malaysian electronics offers concrete evidence of widespread forced labor among foreign migrant workers. This research found that one in three foreign workers surveyed was in a condition of forced labor. Because many of the most recognizable brands source components of their products from Malaysia, this means that virtually every device on the market today may have come in contact with modern-day slavery.

The Cost of a Job tells the story of modern-day slavery through the experience of a worker who was brave enough to talk to Verité about her situation. Hers is the voice of millions of job seekers who can’t leave their jobs because they are bound by debt, threatened or coerced in other ways. Together with companion microsites Help Wanted and Resources for Responsible Recruitment, Cost of a Job illuminates the problems facing the most vulnerable workers in global supply chains, and points the way towards solutions for companies, governments, NGOs, trade unions, investors, and other stakeholders.

Now available in Spanish! Our Help Wanted Fair Hiring Toolkit provides brands and suppliers with tools to fight forced labor in their supply chains.

This website is our newest effort to promote safe, fair and legal work—and to prevent human trafficking. Did you know that much of human trafficking is based on exploitative recruitment practices? RRR will build awareness of this—and show how companies can end unethical hiring in their supply chains.

Verité services help companies and other stakeholders fully understand labor issues, overcome obstacles, and build sustainable solutions into their supply chains, benefiting companies and workers alike.

For 15 years, Verité's mission has been to ensure that people around the world work under safe, fair, and legal conditions. You can help us continue this vitally important work by making a tax-deductible donation.

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EICC Labor & Ethics Lead Auditor Course

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