Summer 2015


Improving Supply Chain Transparency, Monitoring and Accountability in Guatemala's Coffee Sector

by Quinn Kepes, Program Director


The Guatemalan agricultural sector constitutes its largest source of employment, with coffee as the country's most important crop—providing employment for 90,000 small coffee farmers and 473,000 workers (seven percent of the workforce). With generous support from Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Verité will carry out a two-year project on Improving Supply Chain Transparency, Monitoring, and Accountability in Guatemala's Coffee Sector in partnership with REACH (Research-Education-Action-Change), a Guatemala-based NGO working on human and labor rights issues throughout the Americas. [Read more

The Cost of a Job: 
Verité Holds Seafood Trafficking Workshop in Bangkok: September 8, 2015

by Lydia Long, Senior Program Director

Migrant workers trafficked into the Thai fishing industry are sometimes described as ‘sold to the sea.’ Verité has been promoting responsible practices in seafood through research, assessments and consultation with suppliers globally for the last five years; on September 8, 2015, Verité will be holding a free results-focused workshop to engage leading retailers, brands, suppliers, civil society, and government actors in practical discussion of Verité findings, current initiatives, effective approaches, and opportunities for immediate and longer-term action to tackle chronic obstacles. [Read more]

From the Field: 
Spotlight on Verité's India NGO Partner, ASK

Verité Vision speaks with Aqueel Khan, founding director of the Association for Stimulating Know-How (ASK), an Indian capacity building NGO founded in 1992, and a close Verité partner—functioning as Verité's Regional Office in South Asia since 1998. ASK works with grassroots communities, NGOs, governments and corporate brands toward achieving equitable development and social justice for workers. [Read more]

Latest News: 
Risks of Forced Labor in Malaysia Still Substantial

Verité's research, released in September 2014, identified substantial risks of forced labor in Malaysian electronics among migrant workers. In 2014, Malaysia was downgraded in the annual State Department Trafficking in Persons Report from Tier 2 Watch List to Tier 3; this year, the country regained Tier 2 Watch List status. Verité would like to be clear, though, that we have seen nothing on the ground in Malaysia—during our worker-focused labor investigations in the electronics, palm oil and other sectors during the past year—to indicate that risks to migrant workers in Malaysia are anything less than dire. [Read more]