For more than 20 years, Verité has seen how gender inequality exacerbates labor and human rights abuses in global supply chains. Inequality based on gender comes in many forms including restrictions on the types of work women do, limited access to labor protections, and disparities in compensation. In honor of Women’s History Month, we would like to take this opportunity to touch on the many ways in which Verité sees, and seeks to change, differential impacts on women from prevailing supply chain dynamics in a variety of sectors.
Since 1993, Association for Stimulating Know How (ASK) has been working towards a more just, equitable, peaceful, and secure world in India and beyond. A long-term network partner of Verité, Vision caught up with the ASK team to learn more about their work on migration. Read the interview below, visit the ASK website, or contact Dr. Aqueel Khan for more information.
Verité welcomes the formation of Building Responsibly, an engineering and construction industry initiative, supported by Humanity United. Verité has been engaged in the engineering and construction sector in the Gulf Cooperation Council region for several 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. For the last couple of years, we participated in a stakeholder engagement process initiated by CH2M, a Verité client, with the Institute of Human Rights and Business aimed at convening an industry-led collaboration to promote the rights and welfare of workers.
Verité, in partnership with Winrock and Lawyers without Borders, is helping to implement CLEAR II, a project to reduce the prevalence of child labor in eight countries. This four-year project which began in 2014, is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and addresses the circumstances that contribute to child labor and builds on the CLEAR I project, which is being implemented by the ILO. Verité’s role in this partnership includes providing technical support to public officials and private companies to reduce child labor. Eight countries are involved in this project including Nepal, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Honduras, Panama, and Belize, with two others still to be named.