Policy Change

ATEST

Our Membership in ATEST 
We are a member of The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST), a coalition of organizations working to end modern-day slavery and human trafficking in the United States and around the world. ATEST advocates for lasting solutions to prevent labor and sex trafficking, with the goal of ensuring that corporations and government supply chains are free from these abuses; and that recruitment and hiring is done ethically. Visit ATEST's website.

Know the Chain
Verité is active in Know the Chain, an innovative online resource for promoting greater transparency around forced labor in global supply chains. It was created to educate companies, investors, policymakers, and consumers about the existence of slavery in supply chains, and to encourage greater disclosure and transparency related to California’s landmark Transparency in Supply Chains Act (SB-657), which requires businesses to disclose the efforts they are making, if any, to eradicate human trafficking and slavery from their supply chains.

 

Corruption and Labor Trafficking in Global Supply Chains
In this white paper, Verité outlines how trafficking-related activities in global supply chains include corruption, bribery, and other conduct that could result in liability for companies subject to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) jurisdiction. It also provides guidance on how and where companies should respond to the specific compliance risks associated with labor trafficking.

 

Our White Paper about 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 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 chains.

Our Ethical Framework for Cross-Border Recruitment
A new Executive Order Strengthening Protections in Federal Contracts, ensures that goods purchased by the U.S. Government are not tainted by trafficking via exploitative labor recruitment practices at any point in the supply chain. The Executive Order will apply to federal contractors and subcontractors worldwide and provides tools to foster compliance. This Order makes use of Verité's Ethical Framework for Cross-Border Recruitment, done in partnership with Manpower Group. Read more.

Social Auditor Standards
The Social Auditor Standard Program, sponsored by the US Department of State's Office of International Labor Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility, developed Standards for the Knowledge and Skills of Social Auditors through the use of research, surveys, interviews, and multi-stakeholder dialogue and engagement processes. These benchmarks assist training organizations to identify what social auditors should know at the foundational level. The Program also encourages dialogue on training, testing, and institutionalization of the Standards. Download the final summary report PDF here. For more information about the Social Auditor Standards Program, email us

 

Country Labor Law Reports
Verité conducts specialized research for manufacturers, investors (both public and private, focusing on the social investment community), NGOs in the US and abroad, and trade unions on topics related to labor conditions and worker rights. Areas of research specialization:

  • Risks of sub-standard labor practices by country, region, or industry
  • Corporate compliance programs, codes of conduct, and vendor standards
  • Country labor law
  • Global trends in labor practices