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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.
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.
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
While the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in large-scale lockdowns, many workers are still required to report to work in crowded workplaces with a lack of adequate protections against the virus.
Case Study: How Verité China Responded to the Changing Needs of Suppliers due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
In China, COVID-19 infections began to spread widely in Wuhan during the week-long Chinese New Year (CNY) holiday in late January 2020 when most of the frontline workers generally return to their hometowns for two to three weeks. To respond to this unexpected and...
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.
As we at Verité take stock of COVID-19’s many implications for employers and supply chain actors, we particularly want to emphasize the importance of the high-level principles that companies should promote in their own operations and supply chains.
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.
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.
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...