Despite a weakening of conflict minerals due diligence requirements in the U.S., legislation continues to advance in other countries. Leading brands are committed to working towards eliminating minerals and metals linked to conflict, criminality, environmental degradation, and human trafficking and other labor abuses from their supply chains.
In 2017, Verité looks forward to continuing work on the project, Promoting Safe and Fair Migration from Kenya to the Gulf States, in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Kenya and HAART, an NGO dedicated to ending human trafficking in Kenya. From Verité’s earliest days, we have been committed to working with partner organizations in the regions in which we work. While meeting face-to-face with our partners in Nairobi last month, we solidified our collaborative approach to build a project that brings together stakeholders from all stages of the labor migration corridor between Kenya and the Gulf states.
KnowTheChain, a resource for businesses and investors who need to understand and address forced labor abuses within their supply chains, released a new report this month benchmarking global information and communications technology (ICT) companies’ efforts to eradicate forced labor in the production and manufacturing of their goods.
Economic growth has been booming in sub-Saharan Africa in recent years, driven largely by expanding natural resource exploitation, particularly in the oil, gas and other extractive sectors, as well as in agricultural production, fisheries, and forestry.