Know Your Risk.
Forced labor risks in supply chains are deeply entrenched and insidious. They are also difficult to detect, remediate, and prevent.
Verité’s CUMULUS Forced Labor Screen™ maps labor supply chains using patented technology to gather data on workforces, recruiters, and unethical recruitment and employment practices. The membership-based platform proactively screens priority operations, supply chains, and investment portfolios for the presence of the International Labour Organization (ILO) forced labor indicators.
Companies, suppliers, and investors use CUMULUS to conduct forced labor due diligence to align with best practice guidance, including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct. Grounded in internationally recognized standards and practices, CUMULUS can be applied to virtually any sector, geography, or supply chain tier.
For more information, email CUMULUSinfo@verite.org.
How It Works (click to enlarge)
CUMULUS Member Companies include:
With a patented evaluation process that goes deeper than a self-assessment, and insights that go beyond basic risk scores, Verité’s CUMULUS Forced Labor Screen™ yields actionable recommendations for enhanced due diligence, compliance management, and capability building.
Data Analysis Dashboard & Tools
Members access a private dashboard of reports and tools for reviewing forced labor risk data in supply chains, including risk profiles, key risks, workforce demographics, and other criteria.
Common exposure among members to validated risky practices and recruitment agents is shared across the platform on a source-redacted basis. This provides CUMULUS members with an otherwise unattainable level of insight into their risk exposure.
Subject Matter Experts
Each employer’s CUMULUS Due Diligence Assessment (DDA) response is reviewed by Verité subject matter experts who are trained and experienced in forced labor due diligence. A customized Due Diligence Report (DDR) is created for each employer screened.
Employer Pays Principle Verification
Members can verify that employers in their own operations, supply chain, and investment portfolios pay recruitment fees and related costs in line with the Employer Pays Principle and best practices in forced labor due diligence.
CUMULUS Members Use the Platform to:
Prioritize entities for more in-depth due diligence activities, including audits and investigations.
Screen investment portfolios for forced labor risks as part of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) due diligence.
Identify the presence of ILO forced labor indicators and implement remedial and preventive measures.
Verify that employers pay recruitment fees and related costs in line with the ILO definition.
Inform engagement or capacity building interventions based on identified patterns and trends.
Monitor the impact of remediation and prevention efforts.
Communicate their forced labor due diligence to customers, investors, regulators, and other stakeholders.
The development of the CUMULUS Forced Labor Screen™ platform was funded with generous philanthropic support from: