Links to stories we’re talking about in February 2018.
Verité was pleased to participate in the global convening on Transformative Technology for Migrant Workers in London earlier this month. The convening was organized by Open Society Foundations, University of New South Wales, and University of Technology Sydney. Participants hailed from around the globe and included representatives from government, labor unions, civil society, and the private sector. The diverse group included researchers, practitioners, technical service providers, experts, and funders. The purpose of this convening was to examine the ways in which technology interventions are increasingly being used to address the exploitation of migrant workers.
Earlier this month, Ms. Wenjuan Yao, Verité China Director, led an informal and interactive discussion with stakeholders on emerging issues and trends in the Chinese labor market, and their implications for workers, companies, and policymakers. The event, graciously hosted by Humanity United at their Washington, D.C. offices, included attendees from a broad cross section of stakeholders, including representatives from government agencies, workers’ rights groups, civil society, multistakeholder initiatives, and industry bodies. Yao presented on four China-focused themes — emerging issues and regulations in the agriculture sector, the impact of shifting worker demographics in the manufacturing sector, challenges in effectively implementing social compliance programs, and the risks of forced labor facing Chinese migrant workers abroad. Following the brief presentation, there was a lively discussion and exchange among the attendees.