Verité is pleased to announce a new round of updates to the strawberries, bananas, pineapple, citrus, and melons commodity reports on the Responsible Sourcing Tool. These refreshed reports include the most recent information from the U.S. Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Report and the U.S. Department of Labor’s List of Goods Produced by Forced Labor and Child Labor.
Follow the links to read the news stories and reports that we’re talking about in October 2017.
Ensuring the health, safety, and human rights of workers in any sector is a complex feat and one that requires continuous improvement. For large-scale construction and infrastructure projects, this task is further complicated by the sheer number of workers and employers – contractors and subcontractors – at the same job site. An effective grievance mechanism can increase the knowledge of and improve the living and working conditions for workers at these job sites. Verité implemented such a grievance mechanism over a three-year period at a major construction project in China.
KnowTheChain has released a case study that examines how 10 brands including Adidas, Hugo Boss, and Puma, address forced labor risks across their leather supply chains. KnowTheChain’s first apparel and footwear benchmark, released in 2016, found a significant lack of transparency and that limited actions are being taken to address forced labor risks beyond first-tier suppliers, particularly in leather. This case study dives deeper into five footwear companies and five luxury clothing brands to find out how they are addressing forced labor risks.
Last month, staff from Verité’s independent regional offices, Verité China and Verité Southeast Asia, and long-term network partner Sheva Nari O Shishu Kallyan Kendra from Bangladesh, joined staff from Verité in Amherst for a week-long summit to strengthen Verité’s global network. The regional offices, network partners who were able to take part in the event, and Verité Amherst staff were able to share the pioneering work they are undertaking in areas such as the garment industry, on worker empowerment and wellbeing programs, and as members of the Thai Seafood Task Force . These meetings gave staff a chance to update each other their current work on topics including ethical recruitment, construction, agriculture, and palm oil.