In commemoration of World Day Against Child Labor on June 12th, UL’s Responsible Sourcing group conducted an interview with Joost Kooijmans, Senior Advisor – Child Labour Child Protection for UNICEF. Although, in the past 15 years, there has been a 30% decline in child labor, the Asia region still holds approximately 77 million of the… read more
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February 20th marks the seventh-annual United Nations (UN) World Day of Social Justice, a day recognizing initiatives of the global community to focus efforts on alleviating poverty through “full-employment, gender equity, and access to social well-being.” The principles upheld on this day are based on the following initiatives: Declaration of Fundamental Principles and Rights at… read more
In response to persistent business-related human rights concerns, there has been a clear and growing legislative trend in the United States towards greater supply chain transparency, traceability, and disclosure requirements. The Dodd Frank Act, Section 1502 on conflict minerals, and the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657) on human trafficking, are… read more
The United Nations’ declaration of July 30th, 2014 as the first ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons illustrates that human trafficking is a global problem that is far from being eradicated. Recent International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates show that around 20.9 million men, women and children are in forced labor, trafficked, held in debt… read more
The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates “at least 12.3 million people are victims of forced labor worldwide. Of these, 9.8 million are exploited by private agents, including more than 2.4 million in forced labor as a result of human trafficking.” Growing international awareness of corporate responsibility and human rights has led intergovernmental organizations to further enhance… read more