Earlier this month, Verité was pleased to participate in the first meeting of the International Labor Organization’s (ILO’s) Working Group on Forced Labor Statistics, which aims to inform the discussion on measurement of forced labor at the 20th International Conference of Labor Statisticians (ICLS). The meeting took place in Rio de Janeiro and was hosted and co-organized by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics.
Last month the International Labour Organization (ILO) closed the complaint lodged in 2014 by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) about Qatar’s failure to protect the rights of migrant workers in accordance with international law.
Two reports released last week: Global Estimates of Modern Slavery: Forced Labour and Forced Marriage, produced by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation in partnership with the International Organization for Migration and Global Estimates of Child Labour: Results and Trends, 2012-2016 produced by the ILO, reveal the scale of these important issues at the heart of Verité’s work.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched World Day Against Child Labor in 2002. Every year on June 12th and throughout the month, we take the opportunity to highlight this important issue and to share best practices towards achieving the goal of eliminating child labor by 2025. On Thursday, June 8, 2017, Verité participated in a Twitter chat to commemorate this year’s World Day Against Child Labor. Facilitated by Winrock International, the Twitter chat also included Alyson Eynon from Plan International, Jen Marlay Global from the Global Fairness Initiative, and Jessica Ryckman from Lawyers Without Borders. Program Director, Quinn Kepes, represented Verité to address the focus for this year: the impact of conflicts and disasters on child labor.
Detecting cases of forced labor in supply chains has long been recognized as an urgent challenge in corporate accountability. Already in 2008, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) issued the first publicly-available guidance to help employers assess and identify risks.