Verité News From our Vision Newsletter

Urgent Action Needed to Protect Children From Labor Exploitation

As organizations working to address human trafficking and labor exploitation, we are appalled by the horrific conditions children experienced after fleeing to the United States for refuge. This series in the New York Times demonstrates our government’s inability, unwillingness, or outright refusal to protect minors from forced labor.

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Is Human Trafficking Hidden in Your Facilities Management Supply Chain?

To announce the formal launch of the Responsible Sourcing Tool (RST) Facilities Services toolkit, Verité and the US Department of State – JTIP hosted a public webinar in January 2023. In attendance were more than 250 participants from over 30 countries, representing a wide variety of business sectors, government agencies, social auditing firms, NGOs, and industry associations.

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STREAMS Side-Session at the OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector

In February 2023, Verité’s Supply Chain Tracing and Engagement Methodologies (STREAMS) project hosted a side-session event at the OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector on “Traceability for Supply Chain Due Diligence and Sustainability in the Garment Sector.” The session showcased pilots by STREAMS partners Better Cotton and the Responsible Sourcing Network.

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CUMULUS at CBP Forced Labor Technical Expo 

On March 14, 2023, Verité’s CUMULUS Forced Labor Screen™ platform was showcased at CBP’s Forced Labor Technical Expo at the International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. The two-day in-person and live-streamed event focused on technical solutions to supply chain mapping, risk assessment, and transparency to facilitate compliance with the U.S. ban on imported goods made in whole or in part using forced labor.

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The Supply Chain Traceability Matrix

Do you have questions about traceability in supply chains? Are you interested in learning about how different traceability approaches can enhance due diligence goals? The STREAMS Supply Chain Traceability Matrix (the Matrix) seeks to address these questions and more. The Matrix will help users understand how to use traceability elements, methods, and technologies to design traceability systems that can address forced labor and child labor risks in diverse supply chains.

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Training Session with Sugarcane Workers

As part of the SENDEROS Project’s services to the Tala supply chain in Jalisco, a training session with 16 sugarcane workers took place in the Ameca municipality. In Tala, sugarcane harvesters are mainly local residents. The training covered the Biological Risks (occupational safety and health) topic showcasing how to identify dangerous animals in the region and act in case of an attack. This module also included recommendations on the COVID-19 topic.

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Publication of Living Income and Living Wage Study for the Colombian Coffee Sector

On March 27, 2023, Verité in partnership with the Anker Research Institute, published the “Living Income and Living Wage Report: Rural Areas and Small Towns of Central Colombia.” The study results provide a living wage and living income benchmark for a pilot project being carried out by Verité in Colombia under the U.S. Department of Labor-funded Cooperation On Fair Free Equitable Employment (COFFEE) Project.

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Verité in the News

Read coverage of Verité’s work in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, The Associated Press, The Los Angeles Times, and more.

From Forbes:

Let’s Have a Kitchen Table Conversation About The World Business Leaders Vote For Every Day

From Yahoo! Finance:

CH2M launches new industry group to protect worker rights

From CNN:

Time for electronics industry to end supply chain slavery

From Bloomberg Businessweek:

How to Become an International Gold Smuggler

From Reuters:

Wanted: foreign workers — and the labor brokers accused of illegally profiting from them

From The Guardian:

Nestlé admits to forced labour in its seafood supply chain in Thailand

From The New York Times:

From Supply Chain Dive:

Seeing through the tiers: The importance of visibility in supply chains

From The Los Angeles Times:

U.S. firms, consumers can’t ignore abuses against Mexican farmworkers

From The Atlantic:

All Your Clothes Are Made With Exploited Labor

From Inc.:

What Patagonia Did When It Found Human Slaves in Its Supply Chain