RESEARCH

We undertake focused assessments of specific labor issues of concern, as well as large-scale studies of key industries, for corporations, governments, and civil society. In addition, we conduct analyses of country contexts and sectors for socially-minded institutional investors and investment firms. Our research provides the information necessary to understand complex labor problems and to advocate for effective reforms.

Our approach is to trace global supply chains at the country, sector, product, and commodity level; map patterns of human trafficking and forced labor, child labor, and other egregious issues; document the scale and nature of recurring labor abuses; and highlight connections between key actors, structures, and policies.

Access our public research tools, reports, and white papers on the Resources page.

  • Country Labor Risk Assessments
  • Sector Labor Risk Assessments
  • Commodity Labor Risk Assessments
  • Multi-stakeholder Initiative Facilitation
  • Rapid Appraisals
  • Focused Issue Research
  • Labor Law Analysis
  • Baseline Assessments

Keurig Green Mountain

Worker Sorting Coffee Fruits

With generous support from Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Verité is implementing a project to Improve Supply Chain Transparency, Monitoring, and Accountability in Guatemala’s Coffee Sector, in partnership with REACH (Research-Education-Action-Change). The project comprises a baseline assessment of recruitment and labor conditions in the coffee sector, along with workers’ needs and preferred means of gaining information; trainings for workers, government officials, local NGO representatives, and coffee producers, traders and brands; and the development of a Grievance Reporting and Information Dissemination (GRID) system to improve transparency regarding labor broker practices. The GRID system operates via a toll free hotline as well as in-person locations.  Our aim is that companies in the Guatemalan coffee supply chain will use the information collected through this project to ensure that their supply chains are free from exploitative labor broker practices that can expose them to legal and reputational risk.

Emerging Markets

Workers at a Sneaker Factory

Verité has been providing institutional investors with actionable information about labor conditions in emerging markets since 2000. The Emerging Markets Research Program offers a ranking of 26 emerging markets countries that employs 42 indicators of labor standards compliance – the first such framework of its kind to be used for investment purposes. We gather information not generally available, utilizing our overseas networks of labor researchers to explore local sources and to conduct interviews with representatives of government, business, labor unions, and NGOs. We compare findings from primary and secondary research with our own experiences of labor auditing, resulting in a deep and locally-oriented assessment of risk.