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Products the US buys that could be made by slaves or forced labor 

Products the US buys that could be made by slaves or forced labor  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The US is the biggest importer of goods at risk of modern slavery, according to the report. A smartphone from a US store could be made from factories where workers paid less than minimum wages while working overtime. The packaged shrimp from a supermarket could have been caught by fishermen trafficked to Thailand and kept in cages. The US Customs and Border Protection has put up a list of products banned due to suspicions of its labor supply. As of July 2018, there are only 45 items on the list.
EcoVadis's insight:

In order to identify where slavery is possible in their supply chains, due diligence measures are necessary, requiring companies to engage various stakeholders before engaging in appropriate remediation.

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Hotel sector unites under ITP to tackle forced labour

Hotel sector unites under ITP to tackle forced labour | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The world’s leading hotel groups are standing together to tackle the issue of forced labour. The industry came together with ITP – the International Tourism Partnership – to launch ITP’s Principles on Forced Labour at an event in Singapore. The Principles represent a big first step for ITP helping its members reach their Goal for 2030 on Human Rights.

EcoVadis's insight:

The ITP Principles on Forced Labour send a very positive signal that the hotel industry is moving in the right direction on this issue, and will hopefully encourage further engagement and action from companies to address this issue worldwide.”

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New Report, Old Problems: Time to Pay Cocoa Workers Fairly and Find Real Solutions for Tea Workers

New Report, Old Problems: Time to Pay Cocoa Workers Fairly and Find Real Solutions for Tea Workers | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A new report entitled The Global Business of Forced Labor finds serious issues of forced labor, poor labor conditions, and poverty wages in the tea and cocoa sectors. Focusing on tea plantations in India and cocoa smallholder farms in Ghana, the author clearly calls out that “forced labor emerges as a business strategy for producers to cut cost and generate revenue.” Alarmingly, the report also finds that eco-social certifications are not working in these sectors and regions.

EcoVadis's insight:

According to the report of Global business of Forced labour, workers in the tea industry are experiencing severe labour exploitation, including forced labour.

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