India consistently ranks as the world’s largest recipient of remittances from its overseas community. Of the estimated 25 million Indian nationals living abroad, approximately 40 percent live and work in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. Verité has been highlighting the exploitation faced by semi or unskilled Indian workers in the GCC and other regions for many years. The March issue of Vision highlighted the launch of a new project, supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor to promote safe and fair migration from India to the GCC states.
On December 18th, Verité will join the global community in celebrating International Migrants Day. International migration and the human rights of migrant laborers is a common theme in Verité’s work across regions and sectors, and in many corporate supply chains. Cross-border migrant workers face increased vulnerability to exploitation and forced labor due to their foreign status in the destination country. Verité engages directly on this issue through several ongoing projects and participation in United Nations’ dialogues on the global governance of migration.
This past February, Verité CEO Dan Viederman delivered a talk at TedX Berkeley in front of an enthusiastic audience of 2,000 faculty, students and community members. The video of his talk on THE COST OF A JOB is now available online, thanks to the generosity of the Fetzer Institute. We have it on good authority that Dan found the experience intense, challenging and also greatly rewarding. We welcome your feedback!
The California Attorney General’s office recently released a Resource Guide to assist the retailers and manufacturers who are required—by the 2010 California Transparency in Supply Chains Act—to make certain public disclosures about their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains. You can access a copy of the Resource Guide here.