The U.S. prison system has been under increasing scrutiny in recent years for issues such as systematic racism, inhumane conditions, overcrowding, and sexual violence. While these issues are extremely pressing, another important issue, forced prison labor, is often overlooked. Therefore, as a labor rights organization, Verité determined that we could most effectively contribute to the critique of the U.S. prison system by lending an international human rights lens to the conversation on prison labor.
On March 2, Shawn MacDonald, Verité’s CEO, will be a panelist on the Accountability Framework‘s webinar on best practices for supply chain traceability, risk assessment, supplier engagement, and management for supplier compliance.
Global Study on Recruitment Fees and Related Costs The International Labour Organization launched a study examining laws and policies of 90 countries to identify the efforts Member States have made to regulate or prohibit recruitment fees and costs charged to workers....
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Despite the growing awareness of, and commitments to, ethical recruitment, an analysis of CUMULUS data from early 2019 to the present reveals that less than five percent of employers fully absorb the true cost of cross border recruitment, including all recruitment fees and related costs. Instead, those costs continue to be passed on to foreign migrant workers.