Links to stories we’re talking about in February 2018.
Earlier this month, Ms. Wenjuan Yao, Verité China Director, led an informal and interactive discussion with stakeholders on emerging issues and trends in the Chinese labor market, and their implications for workers, companies, and policymakers. The event, graciously hosted by Humanity United at their Washington, D.C. offices, included attendees from a broad cross section of stakeholders, including representatives from government agencies, workers’ rights groups, civil society, multistakeholder initiatives, and industry bodies. Yao presented on four China-focused themes — emerging issues and regulations in the agriculture sector, the impact of shifting worker demographics in the manufacturing sector, challenges in effectively implementing social compliance programs, and the risks of forced labor facing Chinese migrant workers abroad. Following the brief presentation, there was a lively discussion and exchange among the attendees.
KnowTheChain has released a case study that examines how 10 brands including Adidas, Hugo Boss, and Puma, address forced labor risks across their leather supply chains. KnowTheChain’s first apparel and footwear benchmark, released in 2016, found a significant lack of transparency and that limited actions are being taken to address forced labor risks beyond first-tier suppliers, particularly in leather. This case study dives deeper into five footwear companies and five luxury clothing brands to find out how they are addressing forced labor risks.
KnowTheChain’s latest benchmark evaluates the 20 largest global food and beverage companies across seven themes related to labor standards. The report found that the response to forced labor risk in the food and beverage sector is inadequate.
KnowTheChain, a resource for businesses and investors who need to understand and address forced labor abuses within their supply chains, released a new report this month benchmarking global information and communications technology (ICT) companies’ efforts to eradicate forced labor in the production and manufacturing of their goods.