Healthcare/ Pharmaceuticals

There are several touch points of human trafficking and forced labour in the healthcare and pharmaceuticals industry. Human trafficking in the healthcare and pharmaceuticals industry may for example occur for the purpose of organ trafficking. In 2007, WHO estimated that out of all transplants worldwide, 5–10% were conducted illegally. Also at a high-risk for labour exploitation and modern slavery is the private aged-care sector. Reports from the sector have shown that migrant workers are often exposed to abusive and exploitative working conditions and recruitment practices.

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Garment supply chains in intensive care? Human rights due diligence in times of (economic) crises
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01 April 2020

The new coronavirus (COVID-19) affects almost every area of people’s lives and economic activity and has led to a significant disruption of world trade. The current situation demonstrates how precarious our global systems of production and consumption are. In response...

No Worker Left Behind: Protecting Vulnerable Workers from Exploitation During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic
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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...

Agents for change. How public procurers can influence labour conditions in global supply chains. Case studies from Brazil, Pakistan and Thailand
15 November 2016

The report focuses on the social aspects of supply chains and examines how contracting authorities in the EU can use social criteria to improve labour conditions in countries where poor labour standards are rife. The report draws on experiences and...

Popular and Political Representations
01 December 2015

Edited by Joel Quirk and Julia O’Connell Davidson. This is the first volume of the series Beyond Trafficking and Slavery Short Course. Much of what people think they know about human trafficking and ‘modern-day slavery’ is inaccurate, incomplete or unfounded....

Strengthening Protection Against Trafficking in Persons in Federal and Corporate Supply Chains
01 January 2015

Verité has collected comprehensive data about global industries with a significant history or current evidence of human trafficking or trafficking-related activity, and has analysed the over-lap between global supply chains deemed to be at risk for human trafficking and patterns...

Trafficking in Human Beings for the Purpose of Organ Removal in the OSCE Region: Analysis and Findings
09 July 2013

In line with the OSCE Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings, the SR is mandated to address trafficking in human beings for the purpose of organ removal. The SR initiated the research project in 2011, supported by the...

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