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Leveraging Mobile Surveys to Monitor Labor Rights Violations in Emerging Markets

Posted by Samir Goswami and Max Richman on July 1, 2016

The US Department of Labor has found that 136 goods from 74 countries could be made by forced or child labor.  Workers involved in the production of goods including fish, coffee, and cocoa are often the subject of poor working conditions and human rights violations, but because of the complexity of global supply chains in many cases these violations go unreported. Large corporations that ultimately sell those goods are so far removed from those involved in farming raw materials or packaging goods that it is difficult to track what is going on at the worker or community level: while there are some risk-management databases that gather this information, much information is sourced from legal filings or news reports, and violations could be going on for months or years before they are uncovered.

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Topics: mobile survey, supply chains


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