Last month, ASOS, a London-based online clothing, shoe, accessory, gift, and beauty marketplace that sells to consumers in 231 countries and territories released a public statement detailing the efforts they have undertaken to comply with the 2015 UK Modern Slavery Act.
Verité was pleased to have a presence at the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility’s (ICCR) multi-stakeholder roundtable, “Emerging Best Practices in Implementing Ethical Recruitment Policies across Industries,” convened on January 19, in New York City. The roundtable is part of the ICCR’s “No Fees” Initiative, which is supported by Humanity United. The event brought together leaders from the private sector, NGOs, socially responsible investors, international organizations, and government to engage on this issue. Verité is proud to be a long term partner with ICCR on labor recruitment reform and many other supply chain challenges facing the broad range of companies in which ICCR members invest.
During these times of significant policy changes, we want to highlight our work with a coalition that is fundamental to addressing the issue of human trafficking. Since 2011 Verité has been a proud 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. While eradicating modern-day slavery has always been a bi-partisan issue, the start of a new administration provides the opportunity to raise awareness about this vitally important issue and to educate new members of Congress and their staffs on what they can do. That is why every four years ATEST releases a memo to the administration outlining specific recommendations. ATEST’s report, “A Presidential Agenda for Abolishing Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking,” outlines four key areas of concern and 20 specific recommendations for the new administration. The four categories are:
Last month in Vision, we reported on a new project that looks at labor migration in the Kenya to Gulf corridor. The project promotes the rights of migrant workers through a multi-faceted strategy based on partnership. On this project, we’re working with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to engage all of the key stakeholders in the migration process, including governments, community groups, labor advocates, recruitment agencies, and employers as well as, of course, migrant workers themselves.