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Modern Slavery in Company Operation and Supply Chains: Mandatory transparency, mandatory due diligence and public procurement due diligence

Modern slavery is everywhere, but cleaning it up is possible. Due diligence and transparency is the key to ending modern slavery in supply chains. The report gives an insight into the growing body of law and practice from international standards t...Read More

Tobacco’s Hidden Children

A report by Human Rights Watch on labor exploitation and trafficking of children in tobacco farms in Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina. Children on tobacco farms face severe health and safety risks, including accute nicotine poisoning, c...Read More

“Not a Single Safe Place”: The Ukrainian Refugees at Risk of Violence, Trafficking and Exploitation Findings from Poland and Ukraine
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Russia’s war on Ukraine has rendered an unprecedented scale of forced displacement, primarily of women and children. Since 24th February 2022, it is estimated that seven million have fled Ukraine to neighbouring countries. As of 1 st November 2022...Read More

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Child Labour Platform: Recommendations for companies

This compilation includes examples of approaches that multiple companies in the textile and garments, cocoa, tourism and/or mining sectors have adopted to prevent and remediate child labour. These examples were identified on the basis of informati...Read More