Forced Labor & Trafficking
We released a major report from a year-long investigation that illustrates the prevalence of forced labor and human trafficking across multiple sectors. We also launched an entire fair hiring website to help direct the many stakeholder groups with the questions needed to ask and steps needed to take in order to eradicate forced labor and slavery in supply chains around the world. Verite’s "Help Wanted" report and website offer the key questions needed to be asked by anyone who is connected to migrant workers and global supply chains.
Reports available for download:
- Summary Report
- Indian Workers in Domestic Textile Production and Middle East-Based Manufacturing, Infrastructure, and Construction
- Vulnerability to Broker-Related Forced Labor among Migrant Workers in Information Technology Manufacturing in Taiwan and Malaysia
- Immigrant Workers in US Agriculture: The Role of Labor Brokers in Vulnerability to Forced Labor
Compliance is Not Enough: Best Practices in Responding to the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act
The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act has focused company attention on the presence of human trafficking and modern-day slavery in supply chains. Yet standard social compliance responses will not be adequate to reduce company risks - or worker vulnerability - to these egregious problems. In this White Paper, Verité outlines the content of the Act, the sources of trafficking and forced labor risk, and what is necessary in order to address these problems adequately in supply chain production.
The link between commodities and some of the worst forms of labor exploitation in the global economy is coming under increasing scrutiny from stakeholders around the world. Several global campaigns seek to raise public awareness about goods produced under forced labor conditions and modern forms of slavery. Our Forced Labor Commodity Atlas contributes to those efforts.
One of the greatest “exports” of the Philippines is manpower. The Philippines has been a source of male workers for almost all parts of the world, particularly the Middle East, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, North America, and Europe. However, certain workforce mechanisms and policies in these developed countries exploit the vulnerabilities of male Filipino workers (OFWs) overseas. The working conditions in these developed countries, combined with the Filipino workers’ significant lack of education on relevant topics, results in migrant workers falling prey to unscrupulous employers and human traffickers. Many of these OFWs are promised jobs that often entail exploitation, violence, poor working conditions, and offer little hope for improvement. Read more about this initiative here.
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