We promote labor rights.
Globalization has contributed to numerous labor rights abuses, including the denial of the freedom of association and right to bargain collectively, low wages, forced overtime, and harassment in global supply chains. Additionally, increased automation threatens to impact labor rights in unforeseen ways.
Key factors that contribute to these labor rights abuses include opaque supply chains, unequal distribution of risk and profit throughout the supply chain, brand / retailer purchasing practices, lack of the capacity of the government abroad or willingness to enforce labor laws, and the failure by home government to require or incentivize brands / retailers to address labor issues in their supply chains, among others.
Our work seeks to promote stronger protections for labor rights in global supply chains and address the impacts of automation on the labor force.
Washington, D.C. (June 9, 2017) – ICAR, International Labor Rights Forum, Free the Slaves, and Verité submitted a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies calling for continued funding for the Bureau of International Labor Affairs’ grant programs.