A new benchmark report from KnowTheChain found that ICT companies are failing to address the problem of forced labor in their supply chains. The report reveals that there is a critical gap between stated policies of ICT companies and actual practices within their supply chains.
Two of the most significant gaps identified pertain to workers’ right to organize and collective bargaining and to the issue of recruitment fees (which when not reimbursed, create a system of debt bondage).
All 49 companies surveyed scored 0 points (out of a total 100-point benchmark) for failing to ensure that workers in their supply chains have the right to organize and collective bargaining. And, only 27% of the companies were able to disclose evidence that recruitment fees had been paid back to workers, though 73% of them have policies in place that prohibit the charging of recruitment fees within their supply chains.
Read the full article and published report here.