On the heels of their benchmark report for the apparel and footwear sector, KnowTheChain has released a Resource and Action Guide for Apparel and Footwear Companies to assist them in delving deeper into their supply chains where there are the greatest risks of forced labor. This action guide highlights guidance on addressing risks and encourages companies to adopt new tools and unique approaches. A project of Humanity United and maintained in partnership with the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC), Sustainalytics, and Verité, KnowTheChain released benchmarks for the Information and Communications Technology sector, the Food and Beverage sector, and the Apparel and Footwear sector in 2016. Verité’s role in this collaboration is to provide advice and resources for companies to improve their policies and practices in combating forced labor and human trafficking across a range of key areas and sectors.
Verité has worked in Turkey since 1999 and is currently focused on assessments and training in the apparel sector. Turkey is the third largest apparel supplier to the European Union after China and Bangladesh. Its proximity to Europe, strong production infrastructure, and entrepreneurial climate make it a top destination for global apparel and footwear brands. For the last several years, Verité has collaborated on work in Turkey with Senior Consultant Pauline Tiffen and her team on-the-ground. She is the founder of Tiffen & Associates, and prior to that she founded two leading fair trade companies: Cafedirect and The Divine Chocolate Company. Ms. Tiffen leads Verité’s work in Turkey utilizing her expertise for rapid appraisals on issues of forced labor, designed for the specific risks of labor abuse currently present in the country. As Ms. Tiffen shares with Vision, the informal nature of Turkey’s garment sector, influx of millions of Syrian refugees, and lack of transparency in apparel supply chains, has resulted in a widely unregulated environment rife with labor rights risks.
Verité is proud to announce the launch of a new project supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. The project promotes safe and fair labor migration from India to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states using a multi-faceted strategic approach to build civil society capacity and coordination in both sending and receiving countries. Our goal is to establish a robust, comprehensive framework protecting migrant workers at every stage of the migration process, from recruitment and deployment to employment and safe return.
Verité is proud to unveil the updated Forced Labor Commodity Atlas. This new Commodity Atlas features the following nine commodities: coffee, cocoa, cotton, fish, gold, palm oil, sugar, tea, and tobacco. As our team continues to update our commodity reports with the most up-to-date research and resources in the coming year, we will add new commodity pages for all 43 commodities from the report: Strengthening Protections Against Trafficking in Persons in Federal and Corporate Supply Chains: Research on Risk in 43 Commodities Worldwide, made possible through support provided by the U.S. Department of State.