February 2015


The Cost of a Job:
Final FAR Rule Released


In previous Vision pieces, we have pointed out that Executive Order 13627 on “Strengthening Protections against Trafficking in Persons in Federal Contracts” is designed to bolster the U.S. government’s zero-tolerance approach to trafficking in persons in federal contracts. On January 29, 2015, the FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulation) Council released the much awaited “final rule” designed to implement the Executive Order signed by President Obama in September 2012, which amends federal contracting regulations to include stricter prohibitions of trafficking related activities and, in the case of contracts exceeding $500,000 performed abroad, imposes an obligation to develop and implement detailed and potentially onerous compliance plans. [Read more

From the Field: 
Verité's Emerging Work in Myanmar

Myanmar is an emerging destination for multinationals and major suppliers, particularly in the garment sector. It is a place where Code of Conduct compliance is challenging due to systemic weaknesses in human resources practices among suppliers, minimal levels of awareness of rights on the part of workers, a minimally-developed civil society, and regulation that is often non-existent. [Read more]

Verité Partners with Winrock to Build Governmental Capacity to Fight Child Labor

Verité is currently implementing a four-year project to improve government commitments and performance on 
reducing hazardous child labor and forced child laborin eight countries. Verité is a partner on this multi-country initiative—known as Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labor, or CLEAR II—with Winrock International, a global NGO working to empower the disadvantaged and increase economic opportunity. Verité’s role will be to assess the capacity of each government’s labor inspectorate, and to seek out and address the unique circumstances under which child labor persists. [Read more]

Verité Up Close: 
Research on Human Rights Abuses in Seafood Sector

As more consumers demand sustainable seafood, businesses are starting to pay attention to where and how their seafood is sourced. Many businesses have taken steps to address the environmental sustainability of their seafood supply chains, but as several recent media stories have highlighted, those same companies may also have risks of human rights abuses, including modern-day slavery, in their supply chains. [Read more]