Verité News From our Vision Newsletter
As part of Verité’s ongoing work to improve labor practices in the Latin American coffee sector under the U.S. Department of Labor-funded Cooperation on Fair, Free, Equitable Employment (COFFEE) Project, this year we are launching pilot projects in three key coffee producing countries — Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico.
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Verité research has found that the use of labor brokers (including village-level agents, recruiters, labor contractors, and crew leaders) is widespread throughout the Latin American coffee sector, including in Brazil.
Verité and Verité Southeast Asia stand in solidarity with the labor rights movement and the people of Myanmar in condemning the military coup which took place on February 1, 2021. Furthermore, Verité and VSEA strongly denounce the violent crackdown perpetrated by the Myanmar military and police forces against its citizens practicing their right to peacefully protest.
Through generous funding by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL), Verité is continuing to support workers navigating risks in new labor markets between Uttar Pradesh, India and the Gulf States. This project focuses on building capacities of partners to provide guidance to workers during the recruitment process in Uttar Pradesh, and to safely navigate systems for addressing any exploitation they may encounter during employment in the Gulf.
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With over 368,000 Filipino citizens in Europe, the Philippines is a key source of labor in the region. With the support of Porticus, Verité conducted an assessment of labor risks for Filipino migrant workers involved in the fishing, seafaring, and domestic work sectors in Europe, as well as in two emerging host countries for Filipino workers: the Czech Republic and Poland.
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Verité is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new initiative to support the enhanced tracing of goods made with child and forced labor. The STREAMS project (Supply Chain Tracing and Engagement Methodologies) will be implemented by Verité in collaboration with organizations that include Phylagen, RCS Global, the Responsible Sourcing Network and Sourcemap.
On March 2, Shawn MacDonald, Verité’s CEO, will be a panelist on the Accountability Framework‘s webinar on best practices for supply chain traceability, risk assessment, supplier engagement, and management for supplier compliance.