Verité’s vision is a world where people work under safe, fair, and legal conditions. In 2017, we conducted ground-breaking research, amplified our impact, and engaged multinational brands in long-term strategic partnerships towards making this vision a reality. Explore our achievements from last year below, and to support Verité’s work in 2018, please DONATE NOW.
Last month, Verité Senior Director Jon Pitoniak spoke to a group of students at Pope Francis High School in Chicopee, Massachusetts about labor rights. This presentation was an opportunity to engage not only Verité’s local community but also a younger generation about the universal issue of labor rights and modern day slavery. Jon presented to Ms. Leslie Perreault’s Holocaust and Human Rights class, an elective that Ms. Perreault has been teaching for many years at the former Cathedral High School.
Verité is pleased to welcome new board member Laura Leedy Gansler. Ms. Gansler, a lawyer and author, previously served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Fraud Detection and Market Intelligence at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Prior to that, she practiced securities law in private practice and served in the Division of Enforcement and the Office of the General Counsel at the Securities and Exchange Commission. She served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia.
Over the summer, Verité welcomed 11 interns to work on projects across the Research, Assessments, and Business Development departments. Interns make meaningful contributions to our organization. Among the many projects summer interns worked on, they conducted research for and supported the publication of, Risk Analysis of Labor Violations Among Farmworkers in the Guatemalan Sugar Sector and Verité’s Forced Labor Commodity Atlas.
In announcing its responsible sourcing aspirations in 2016, Target Corporation committed to monitor for forced labor throughout its supply chain and to take swift action to eliminate it if discovered. In addition, Target championed last year’s Consumer Goods Forum Resolution on Forced Labor. The group’s commitment includes the adoption of three key principles: that every worker should have freedom of movement, no worker should pay for a job and no worker should be indebted or coerced to work.