From the Field: Verité Highlights Presence of Illegally Mined Gold in Global Supply Chains
Verité continues to build awareness and deeper understanding of severe labor exploitation in the global gold sector. Our goal is to focus attention by companies and others on the ways that many products - from jewelry to electronics to gold bullion - are linked to forced labor, environmental destruction, organized crime, corruption, and other abuses and illegal activities. Next month, Verité will be releasing a report on the link between illegal gold mining and human trafficking in Latin America and steps that companies and gold importing countries can take to avoid importing illegally mined gold tainted by human and labor rights violations. Read more.
Worker Voices: Verité and Workers' Welfare in the lead up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™
Amnesty International’s latest report, The Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game, issued in March 2016 highlights the ongoing and persistent exploitation of vulnerable migrant workers building infrastructure in preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ soccer tournament in Qatar. Verité has been engaged in the engineering and construction sector in the GCC region and Qatar for a number of years assisting those companies and organizations who want to ensure the ethical recruitment and treatment of the millions of migrant workers employed in the sector. Read more.
Solutions: Upcoming Launch of Responsible Sourcing Tool Website in May
The Responsible Sourcing Tool is a new website created to help federal contractors and other companies, procurement officials, advocates, and consumers understand the risks of human trafficking in supply chains and the mechanisms to implement effective management systems to detect, prevent, and combat trafficking. The content was developed by Verité with the support and collaboration of the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons in conjunction with other State Department and U.S. Government agency experts. Read more.
Latest News: Philip Morris International Releases 2014-2015 ALP Progress Report
The 2014-2015 Progress Report on Philip Morris International’s Agricultural Labor Practices (ALP) program, released this spring, demonstrates an approach to scaled reduction of child labor that is notable for its breadth, depth and thoughtfulness. Any effort to address child labor in a supply chain as massive as PMI’s requires recognition that progress is possible, but it will take a long time, substantial resources and continued commitment. The report presents clear disclosure of efforts to address a complex set of problems and processes. Read more.
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Verité thanks The Freedom Fund for funding our latest report on the role of corruption in international labor recruitment. Focused on three migration corridors (Nepal to Qatar; Myanmar to Malaysia; and Myanmar to Thailand), this report explores the illegal payments that drive up the cost of migration for workers and create potential legal risks for companies in origin and destination countries as well as under extraterritorial anti-corruption statutes such as the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act (UKBA).