Verité is grateful for the support of Palantir in an effort to make data more accessible and more meaningful to fight forced labor in supply chains. Together we have collaborated to deploy analytical capabilities in a new way. Compliance data from companies that have participated in a pilot program has been combined with independent Verité research to focus attention on the risky practices of labor brokers. We have been able to highlight risks that companies share and which until now have been invisible to them. Starting in spring and summer 2016 Verité will expand to additional sectors and recruit new company participants.
Important changes take time – in this case a loophole in the US Tariff Act of 1930 has just been closed, with important implications for the protection of workers in severely exploitative working conditions.
Verité has launched a helpline for Filipino workers facing forced labor risks as guest workers in Japan. Generously funded by The Walt Disney Company, My Labor Matters is a communication platform that links migrating and returning workers with each other and with a network of supporting NGOs and other resources in Japan and the Philippines, including hotline, on-line training, legal resources and official information and trends. Workers can learn about risks and resources available to them through video and social media, including ‘Aimee’s Story’ which illustrates the risky journey that many migrants experience.
After fifteen years with Verité, I am moving on to take a new position with Humanity United. I will remain on the Verité Board of Directors, and thus be able to continue to enjoy and support this organization’s great work.