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COVID-19 in the Coffee Sector: Challenges for Workers and Farmers

COVID-19 in the Coffee Sector: Challenges for Workers and Farmers

In many countries, including major producing nations such as Brazil and Colombia, workers in the coffee sector have been defined as essential workers who must continue to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. In recent weeks, Verité has been engaging stakeholders in The Cooperation On Fair, Free Equitable Employment (COFFEE) Project to learn about the impacts COVID-19 is having on coffee farmers and farmworkers and to explore potential actions that could mitigate the effects of the pandemic on them.

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Case Study: African Migrants in the Strawberry Fields and Greenhouses of Spain during the Pandemic

Case Study: African Migrants in the Strawberry Fields and Greenhouses of Spain during the Pandemic

Labor conditions in the strawberry fields of Andalusia, Spain are harsh for all workers regardless of their nationality: Salaries below the minimum wage, unpaid overtime, long working hours without breaks, and exposure to dangerous agrochemicals without protection are among the issues experienced by workers. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased these workers’ vulnerability to labor exploitation and creates even greater, possibly lethal, health risks.

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What We’re Talking About in June

What We’re Talking About in June

Report of the Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children | New Resource Maps Supply Chains for Pandemic-Fighting Products | ITUC’s Global Rights Index for 2020 Has Been Released

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COVID-19 and Vulnerability to Human Trafficking for Forced Labor

COVID-19 and Vulnerability to Human Trafficking for Forced Labor

Verité has identified a number of factors that increase workers’ vulnerability to becoming victims of human trafficking, all of which will likely worsen during and after the COVID-19 crisis, including poverty, inequality, political instability, conflict, crime/violence, and tightening of restrictions on immigration.

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COVID-19 and Child Labor

COVID-19 and Child Labor

As is the case in most crises, the most vulnerable in society will feel the worst impacts of COVID-19. Children, especially those from poor communities, are at particular risk of exploitation as parents fall deeper into poverty during the ensuing economic crisis and face appalling choices about how to sustain their families.

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External Links to COVID-19 Resources

External Links to COVID-19 Resources

Over the past weeks, a great deal of COVID-19 guidance for companies has been published by corporate social responsibility and human rights organizations, and new resources are being developed and circulated every day. We’ve compiled a list of links to recommendations, resources, and best practices businesses will find useful.

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What We’re Talking About in April

What We’re Talking About in April

Is the COVID Crisis the Catalyst for More Sustainable Supply Chains?Verité Board member Doug Cahn of the Cahn Group writes about how the apparel and footwear industry must respond to the COVID-19 crisis. New Report Takes a Close Look at the H-2A Visa Program in the...

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Verité in the News

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

From Forbes:

Let’s Have a Kitchen Table Conversation About The World Business Leaders Vote For Every Day

From Yahoo! Finance:

CH2M launches new industry group to protect worker rights

From CNN:

Time for electronics industry to end supply chain slavery

From Bloomberg Businessweek:

How to Become an International Gold Smuggler

From Reuters:

Wanted: foreign workers — and the labor brokers accused of illegally profiting from them

From The Guardian:

Nestlé admits to forced labour in its seafood supply chain in Thailand

From The New York Times:

From Supply Chain Dive:

Seeing through the tiers: The importance of visibility in supply chains

From The Los Angeles Times:

U.S. firms, consumers can’t ignore abuses against Mexican farmworkers

From The Atlantic:

All Your Clothes Are Made With Exploited Labor

From Inc.:

What Patagonia Did When It Found Human Slaves in Its Supply Chain