Initiatives

In support of our mission, Verité embarks on focused projects to address specific labor concerns.

We regularly engage with companies and other stakeholders to assist in the identification, analysis and resolution of labor rights problems in their supply chains. We provide unbiased accounts of workers at the bottom of these supply chains. Through in-depth research on labor conditions within a legal context, outcomes provide an accurate reflection of the actual circumstances of these vulnerable people. We utilize a wide range of tools in this work, including social auditing, training, research, policy analysis, and advocacy for the adoption of best practices

In all cases, our objective is to have a positive impact on the resolution of serious human rights and labor rights violations.

When a company or other stakeholder approaches Verité for assistance, we conduct an analysis of the opportunity for impact, assessing the severity of the problem to be resolved, the corporate commitment to resolution, the involvement of other stakeholders (local NGOs, trade unions, investors and governments), and other factors. We assess these factors without reference to the product or service under consideration. If our conclusion is that Verité can likely contribute to meaningful improvements in protections for vulnerable people and the conditions in which they work, we will undertake the engagement. As it is not possible to understand every factor associated with an engagement at the outset, we continuously evaluate the anticipated impacts of our work as engagements are underway.

Most of our work for companies and others is conducted on a confidential basis.

This enhances openness and trust and facilitates difficult changes, and because a full accounting of workplace conditions often requires reference to proprietary business information. In circumstances where a company approaches Verité for investigation and resolution of issues raised by public reports by an NGO or government, we generally require that our findings are also made public. This transparency allows Verité’s findings to be widely available and understood in context.