Amnesty International’s latest report, The Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game, issued in March 2016 highlights the ongoing and persistent exploitation of vulnerable migrant workers building infrastructure in preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ soccer tournament in Qatar. Verité has been engaged in the engineering and construction sector in the GCC region and Qatar for a number of years assisting those companies and organizations who want to ensure the ethical recruitment and treatment of the millions of migrant workers employed in the sector.
The Responsible Sourcing Tool is a new website created to help federal contractors and other companies, procurement officials, advocates, and consumers understand the risks of human trafficking in supply chains and the mechanisms to implement effective management systems to detect, prevent, and combat trafficking. The content was developed by Verité with the support and collaboration of the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons in conjunction with other State Department and U.S. Government agency experts.
The 2014-2015 Progress Report on Philip Morris International’s Agricultural Labor Practices (ALP) program, released this spring, demonstrates an approach to scaled reduction of child labor that is notable for its breadth, depth and thoughtfulness. Any effort to address child labor in a supply chain as massive as PMI’s requires recognition that progress is possible, but it will take a long time, substantial resources and continued commitment.