March 2014


The Cost of a Job: 
Addressing the Retention of Identity Documents

Passport retention and the confiscation of identity documents affects vulnerable migrant workers around the world. Verité and the UN Global Compact have teamed up to call on businesses to take action. In a new resource published this week, these organizations set out clear guidance for what companies can do in their hiring and employment practices, in stakeholder engagement, public policy advocacy and in collective action. [Read more]

Latest News: 
Philip Morris International's 2013 Agricultural Labor Practices Progress Report

On March 31, Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) released its second Progress Report on implementation of the company’s Agricultural Labor Practices program (ALP), which aims to progressively eliminate child labor and other labor abuses on the 490,000 farms where PMI buys tobacco worldwide. Verité has been working with Philip Morris International as a strategic and implementation partner on their global Agricultural Labor Practices program since 2010. [Read more]

Complying with the Executive Order Against Trafficking in Federal Contracts

The March 2014 print edition of Contract Management—the monthly magazine of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA)—features an article written by Verité’s Declan Croucher entitled “Complying with the Executive Order against Trafficking in Persons in Federal Contracts.” [Read more]

Bottom of the Supply Chain:
Risk of Labor Abuse in Guatemalan Palm Oil Production: How Should Companies Respond?

by Erin Klett, Program Director

As Verité’s new report demonstrates, companies in the Guatemalan palm oil sector operate in a difficult environment in which preexisting land conflicts, weak government capacity for protection and enforcement, and unscrupulous labor contractors and criminal actors can contribute to a risk of land grabs and the exploitation of workers. Verité’s research found evidence of improved protections for workers in some parts of the palm sector due to government and private voluntary initiatives. However, there is still a high level of vulnerability, and problems persist. [Read more