Food & Beverage - Processing & Packaging

Food processing in industrialised countries has been identified by the ILO as an industry in which cases of debt bondage involving migrant workers have been documented, involving coercive recruitment and employment practices.

Image: Fruit processing plant in Chincha, south of Lima by agroindustria-7161, posted on flickr, licensed under CC BY 2.0

No Worker Left Behind: Protecting Vulnerable Workers from Exploitation During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic
Publications
01 April 2020

This briefing builds on the understanding that labour exploitation is part of a spectrum ranging from labour compliance through to labour law violations, culminating at extreme exploitation in the form of forced labour. Research by FLEX and others shows that...

Tracking Progress: Assessing Business Responses to Forced Labour and Human Trafficking in the Thai Seafood Industry
Publications
03 December 2019

Thailand is the fourth-largest exporter of seafood globally. For over a decade, labour abuse, particularly of migrant workers from Myanmar, Cambodia, and Lao PDR, has been widely documented within the Thai seafood industry. Media exposés linking forced labour and trafficking...

Addressing the Human Cost of Assam Tea: An agenda for change to respect, protect and fulfil human rights on Assam tea plantations
GuidancePublications
10 October 2019

Workers on tea plantations in the Assam region of India are systematically denied their rights to a living wage and decent working and living conditions. The fact that they are unable to meet their basic living costs is starkly illustrated...

Modern Slavery in Pacific Supply Chains of Canned Tuna
Publications
01 June 2019

Between November 2018 and January 2019, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited 35 canned tuna companies and supermarkets – representing 80 of the world’s largest retail canned tuna brands – to answer a survey on their approach to human rights challenges,...

2018 Food and Beverage Benchmark Findings Report
Publications
02 October 2018

Executive Summary The risk of forced labour is pervasive across today’s food and beverage supply chains: from tea pickers on tea estates to crew members on fishing vessels and labourers on cattle and poultry ranches, cocoa farms, and rice mills....

The 2018 List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor
Publications
20 September 2018

Purpose of this Report The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) has produced this eighth edition of the List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor in accordance with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPRA), as amended. The TVPRA...

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