Verité News from our Vision Newsletter

2018: The Year in Review

In 2018, we conducted ground-breaking research, amplified our impact, and engaged with multinational brands to help eliminate labor and human rights abuses in global supply chains. Explore a selection of our achievements in assessments, consulting, policy, research, and training below.

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Verité’s at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

During the last week of November, more than 2,000 people met in Geneva for the largest annual gathering on business and human rights. For years, Verité has actively participated in this busy week of learning and sharing, along with participants from government, business, civil society, law firms, investor organizations, trade unions, academia and the media, among others. Shawn MacDonald, CEO of Verité, and Elizabeth Garland, Senior Director of Verité’s Raw Materials Program, attended the forum this year and shared Verité’s work in a range of meetings and venues.

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GFMD Civil Society Days in Marrakesh

Verité was pleased to attend the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD)’s Civil Society Days held in Marrakesh, Morocco in early December. Over three hundred civil society organizations from around the world participated in the GFMD this year. These meetings...

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What We’re Talking About in December

Australia’s Modern Slavery Bill Passes Parliament: The new bill requires approximately 3,000 large businesses and entities in Australia to publish annual statements on measures taken to address modern slavery.

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Labor and Human Rights Progress in Sustainable Palm Oil Production

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.

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What We’re Talking About in November

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.

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Working Our Vision

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.

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Barriers to Ethical Recruitment: Action Needed in Taiwan

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.

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42 Items Added to DOL List of Goods Produced by Child Labor

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.

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Verité in the News

Read coverage of Verité’s work in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, The Boston Globe, The Associated Press, The Los Angeles Times, and others.