COFFEE Project Pilot Projects Launch in Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico

COFFEE Project Pilot Projects Launch in Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico

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.

2019: A Year of Impact, Achievement, and Optimism

2019: A Year of Impact, Achievement, and Optimism

While we are humbled by the great deal more we need to accomplish, we are proud of what we have been able to achieve this past year. Please join us in a review of selected notable projects from 2019.

Bad for the Environment, Bad for Labor

Bad for the Environment, Bad for Labor

The celebration of Earth Day this month provides the opportunity to reflect on the overlap between labor rights and the environment. Verité has found a strong correlation between labor abuses and environmental damages. Often, activities that violate environmental regulations take place in areas where the government lacks the capacity to adequately enforce the law. Verité’s research into palm oil and illegal gold mining, for example, has found that the absence of the rule of law at remote worksites can result in permanent ecosystem damage, dangerous working conditions, and risk of forced labor.