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As part of the Ethical Sourcing Forum held in New York City on March 26-27, 2015, Verité and Hewlett-Packard (HP) jointly presented a workshop on solutions to the problem of forced labor and human trafficking in supply chains.  

Verité provided background on the issues of human trafficking and forced labor in supply chains and presented a detailed case study focused on the routes, mechanisms, parties, fees and costs involved in a representative recruitment corridor—Nepal to Malaysia. We also shared our recommended approach to detection, prevention, and capability building.

HP then presented an overview of its Foreign Migrant Worker Program; the presentation outlined the key drivers behind HP’s commitment to address the risks of forced labor in its supply chain, which included documented issues in industry supply chains as outlined in Verité’s report on forced labor in the electronics sector in Malaysia, as well as regulatory developments such as the finalization of the rules implementing Executive Order 13627 on “Strengthening Protections against Trafficking in Persons in Federal Contracts.”

Verité worked closely with HP on the development of its recently announced Foreign Migrant Worker Standard and implementation guidance for suppliers. The HP standard prohibits suppliers from outsourcing the migrant worker employment relationship to third-party labor brokers—a major source of vulnerability for migrant workers—as well as eliminating the practice of charging workers recruitment fees and requiring that workers hold their own passports.

You can read about and access HP’s Foreign Migrant Worker Standard here.

For more information, contact Declan Croucher, Director of Business Development.