Verité News from our Vision Newsletter
The article that follows is a fascinating, first-hand account describing the evolution of how labor and human rights in the palm oil sector have been—and will be—addressed. Daryll Delgado, author of the article and Director of Verité Southeast Asia, has been a participant in the past two review processes of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s Principles and Criteria (P&C). She shares her insights on the new standards addressed in the P&C, including human rights, land grabs, and wages, as well as her thoughts on the adoption of the new certification standards.read more
International Lawyers Assisting Workers Network Launches: ILAW Network brings together legal practitioners and scholars to best represent the rights and interests of workers and their organizations.read more
A core element of Verité’s mission is to engage substantively with a full range of entities, organizations, and institutions, sharing insights and information to strengthen labor compliance internationally. Verité employees regularly participate in conferences, panels and roundtables, contributing to work on policy, developing new programs, and educating on labor rights abuses. This article presents a selection of events some of our employees have attended over the past six months.read more
The most significant contributor to the ongoing presence of debt bondage or forced labor in global supply chains is the burden of recruitment fees and expenses on migrant workers. Many employers and recruiters in high risk global supply chains build business models on charging unskilled and low-skilled workers fees for employment. Specifically, employers pay no or insufficient professional service fees to the recruitment agents they engage to find them workers. Rather, they knowingly allow agents to recoup revenue and the significant legitimate expenses associated with international labor migration—such as government approvals and travel costs—from the workers themselves.read more
In September, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released two new reports on child labor and forced labor around the world: the eighth edition of the List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor and the 17th annual edition of the Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor.
“These reports represent one of the Department of Labor’s key contributions to the global effort to protect workers in the United States and around the world by defending the rights of all people to live free of child labor, forced labor, human trafficking, and modern slavery,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta.read more
Verité is pleased to be included in a vital new effort to leverage the resources of the global financial sector to more fully combat modern day slavery. Verité’s CEO, Shawn MacDonald, was appointed to the Financial Sector Commission on Modern Slavery and Human...read more
The food and drink we rely on daily for sustenance and enjoyment can have their origins in supply chains that are detrimental to those that harvest and process the raw materials that go into their production. This past September, KnowtheChain, a resource for companies...read more
Verité is excited to announce the opening of an office in Accra, Ghana. The office will be led by Ms. Josephine Dadzie, Verité Project Director, with support from Ms. Helga Aku, Verité Project Associate. Ms. Dadzie and Ms. Aku will be working with Verité Research...read more
Over the summer, Verité welcomed 11 interns to work on projects across the Research and Assessments departments. Summer interns made meaningful contributions to our organization, from preparing curricula and organizational toolkits for child labor inspectors to...read more
The Big Business Behind the Low Wage J-1 Au Pair Program:
A new report explores the structural deficiencies in the J-1 au pair program that contribute to labor rights abuses.