July 07, 2010
Verite Publishes Report on Role of Brokers in Forced Labor
by Robert Kropp
The report coincides with the organization's launch of the Well Made initiative, which aims to
engage stakeholders in finding solutions to the problem.
At least as far back as 2001, when sustainable investors joined human rights activists in
addressing Unocal's complicity in the use of forced labor on a Burmese pipeline, the issue has been
central to the concerns of such investors in their role as shareowner activists. Yet today, nearly
a decade later, an estimated 12 million people are victims of human trafficking, which includes
sexual exploitation as well as forced labor.