Verité News from our Vision Newsletter
With funding from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (USDOL-ILAB), Verité is launching the three-year Cooperation On Fair, Free, Equitable Employment (COFFEE) Project. The project involves the creation of a robust compliance system and toolkit on improving labor conditions in the coffee sector, as well as trainings and guidance on implementation of the toolkit.
The environmental benefits of the large-scale recycling industry are significant — landfill waste is reduced, pollution is minimized, greenhouse gases are reduced, and natural resources are preserved, among others. In many locations, the recycling sector is rapidly expanding as companies, governments, and NGOs recognize the critical impact recycling can make. However, what is often hidden in these efforts are the abusive and often hazardous conditions under which material is collected for reuse.
ILO Passes Historic Treaty to End Workplace Harassment | Labour Issues in the Coffee Sector | Where Does Your Plastic Go? | A Business Case for Ethical Recruitment by Kenyan Private Employment Agencies (PEAs) | Social Value to Gain Stronger Foothold in UK Government Procurement
Verité conducted desk and field research to map out how jobseekers in Cambodia, Myanmar, and Lao PDR learn about jobs in Thailand, weigh risk factors and choose among the routes open to them. Through interviews with people on or connected with this journey, a picture emerged of a highly complex arena in which the needs of jobseekers, job-finders, employers, regulators, facilitators, and profiteers meet.
The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that 152 million children worldwide are engaged in child labor. For the past four years, Verité partnered with Winrock International and Lawyers Without Borders to address this problem by providing technical assistance to governments in five countries: Burkina Faso, Liberia, Nepal, Belize, and Panama. The project had three goals: to improve governments’ response to child labor, decrease the number of children exploited, and increase awareness of child labor in the private sector.
Companies in Southeast Asia Lag on Human Rights | Netherlands Adopts Child Labor Law Due Diligence | New Belt and Road Tracker by Benn Steil | Germany Aims to Use Strict Law to Improve Work Conditions in Africa
Created with support from the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, Verité has published a new set of free online tools designed to help food and beverage companies better identify, prevent, and address human trafficking or trafficking-related practices in their global supply chains. The suite of tools also provides implementation guidance for the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) “Ending Trafficking in Persons,” which requires U.S. federal contractors to take concrete steps to address and prevent human trafficking in their supply chains.
This past April, Erin Klett, Senior Director of Research and Policy at Verité, addressed Modern Slavery in Supply Chains at an event organized by Duke University Center for International and Global Studies. Klett was invited to campus and introduced by Piotr Plewa, visiting research scholar at the center. The following article is by Vivian Wang for Duke University’s Duke Today.
Has Bahrain’s Flexi-Permit Lived Up to Its Hype? | Labor Department Says Workers at a Gig Company Are Contractors | International Worker’s Day Around the World | US Ban on Slave-made Goods Nets Tiny Fraction of $400 Billion Threat | How Apparel Brand Purchasing Practices Drive Labor Abuses | High Court Rules Chicken Catcher Bosses Exploited Workers in Modern Slavery Case
Migrant workers are frequently confronted with a choice: pay illegal or unethical recruitment fees for employment abroad or go without work altogether. To finance these exorbitant costs, they may take out loans that leave them vulnerable to debt bondage, a form of forced labor. For more than a decade, Verité has worked with global companies in diverse sectors to ensure their suppliers and business partners absorb the true cost of recruitment and prohibit the charging of recruitment costs to workers, in accordance with international standards and regulations.