June 2015


How Patagonia is Addressing Forced Labor in its Supply Chain

by Declan Croucher, Director of Business Development


Earlier this month, Patagonia disclosed that focused foreign contract worker (FCW) assessments—conducted by Verité on its behalf—in supplier factories in Taiwan revealed that it can take foreign workers up to two years of a three-year employment contract to pay off recruitment-related debt. But their response to these findings places them among a small group of companies that are forthrightly tackling risks to forced labor. [Read more

Bottom of the Supply Chain: 
The Tipping Point for Migrant Worker Policies

by Philip Hunter, Program Director

Have we reached a tipping point in promoting ethical recruitment in global supply chains? I think it’s pretty safe to say that we have not—but there has been a lot of good work recently among global companies and the private sector on the subject, most of it focused on the recruitment fees charged to workers. [Read more]

The Cost of a Job: 
Measuring Forced Labor

by Erin Klett, Program Director

In April 2015, Verité attended an ILO Working Group meeting on the statistics of forced labor, human trafficking and modern slavery. This two-day meeting brought together experts on research and measurement from government, international organizations, academia and civil society. Verité was invited to share expertise from our long history of independent research on forced labor and human trafficking. [Read more]

Latest News: 
Verité Opens EICC Standards Online Course to Public

Verité’s new online course, EICC Standards: Labor, Ethics and Management System, is now available on our website. Previously offered only to auditors enrolled in Verité’s IRCA-certified EICC Labor & Ethics Lead Auditor Course, this interactive course ‘unpacks’ the 60 audit criteria making up the labor, ethics, and management system pillars of the EICC Code. [Read more]