There are reasons to believe that the risks of vulnerability to modern slavery and human trafficking are increasing due to major social, technological, and environmental changes. These include climate change, automation, conflict, and migration, which disrupt global labor markets, value-chains, and livelihoods. These disruptions make people more vulnerable to modern slavery and human trafficking.
During the last week of November, more than 2,000 people met in Geneva for the largest annual gathering on business and human rights. For years, Verité has actively participated in this busy week of learning and sharing, along with participants from government, business, civil society, law firms, investor organizations, trade unions, academia and the media, among others. Shawn MacDonald, CEO of Verité, and Elizabeth Garland, Senior Director of Verité’s Raw Materials Program, attended the forum this year and shared Verité’s work in a range of meetings and venues.
Verité’s Board of Directors is extremely pleased to announce that Dr. Shawn MacDonald has been appointed as Verité’s next Chief Executive Officer. MacDonald replaces Dan Viederman, who left in March to take a new position with Humanity United, a long-time Verité partner where he will work to further that organization’s mission to bring new approaches to complicated and urgent problems like forced labor.
After fifteen years with Verité, I am moving on to take a new position with Humanity United. I will remain on the Verité Board of Directors, and thus be able to continue to enjoy and support this organization’s great work.