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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

Ethical Recruitment Remains Elusive in Global Supply Chains: Learnings From Verité’s Remote CUMULUS Forced Labor Screen™ Platform

Ethical Recruitment Remains Elusive in Global Supply Chains: Learnings From Verité’s Remote CUMULUS Forced Labor Screen™ Platform

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.

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Companies Called to Support Waste Pickers, a Global Essential Workforce at Risk

Companies Called to Support Waste Pickers, a Global Essential Workforce at Risk

Workers who handle waste and recyclables support the health of our communities, economies, and the environment at the expense of their own health and wellbeing. On a daily basis, they may be exposed to hazardous materials, such as household cleaners, pesticides, and medical waste. The COVID-19 pandemic only heightens these health risks, particularly to informal waste pickers who collect the recyclable materials that we throw in the trash.

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Remediation and Elimination of Recruitment Costs Charged to Migrant Workers

Remediation and Elimination of Recruitment Costs Charged to Migrant Workers

Migrant workers are frequently confronted with a choice: pay illegal or unethical recruitment fees for employment abroad or go without work altogether. To finance these exorbitant costs, they may take out loans that leave them vulnerable to debt bondage, a form of forced labor. For more than a decade, Verité has worked with global companies in diverse sectors to ensure their suppliers and business partners absorb the true cost of recruitment and prohibit the charging of recruitment costs to workers, in accordance with international standards and regulations.

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FAR Definition Takes a Zero-Tolerance Approach to Recruitment Fees

FAR Definition Takes a Zero-Tolerance Approach to Recruitment Fees

Prohibiting federal contractors from charging workers recruitment fees is a cornerstone of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requiring contractors and subcontractors to take specific preventive measures to detect and eliminate forced labor and human trafficking in their supply chains. In December 2018, the U.S. Government amended the FAR to include a comprehensive and clear definition of what constitute “recruitment fees.”

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Barriers to Ethical Recruitment: Action Needed in Taiwan

Barriers to Ethical Recruitment: Action Needed in Taiwan

The most significant contributor to the ongoing presence of debt bondage or forced labor in global supply chains is the burden of recruitment fees and expenses on migrant workers. Many employers and recruiters in high risk global supply chains build business models on charging unskilled and low-skilled workers fees for employment. Specifically, employers pay no or insufficient professional service fees to the recruitment agents they engage to find them workers. Rather, they knowingly allow agents to recoup revenue and the significant legitimate expenses associated with international labor migration—such as government approvals and travel costs—from the workers themselves.

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A New Resource For Eliminating the Recruitment Fees Charged to Migrant Workers

A New Resource For Eliminating the Recruitment Fees Charged to Migrant Workers

Important steps have been taken recently to put responsible recruitment firmly on the agenda of businesses around the world. In November at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, several panels discussed solutions to recruitment abuses. The issues were also featured prominently at the annual Trust Women Conference in London while recruitment and labor migration were key features of discussions at this year’s Global Forum on Migration and Development in Turkey. These are encouraging times for advocates of responsible recruitment in supply chains.

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