Ending 2017 on a High Note

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December 2017 E-News

Make a Donation to ILRF in 2017
Equal Footing for Workers in Seafood Sustainability Projects
USLEAP Newsletter: Updates and A Call to Action
RSPO: Stop Certifying Palm Oil Tainted with Labor Abuse
It’s Not Too Late, Ivanka


Make a Donation to ILRF in 2017

Please help us end 2017 on a high note! There’s still time to give to ILRF with a year-end, tax deductible donation to help us and our partners advance dignity and justice for workers in the global economy. As we get ready to start the New Year, we’re asking you to stand with us for 2018. Your support will help us inform critical conversations on ending labor abuses in a number of supply chains where some of the most vulnerable workers struggle to have a voice and access to legal recourse. Please help us continue building momentum for change! Your donation will enable ILRF’s dynamic and committed staff to ramp up our work in the upcoming year and keep you and others informed about what’s at stake for labor rights in the global economy.

Photo courtesy of USAID

Equal Footing for Workers in Seafood Sustainability Projects

As gross labor rights abuses, including labor trafficking, continue to be uncovered on fishing fleets across the globe, industry and government actors are working to develop programs that increase oversight of fishing practices to ensure fish are legally caught and workers are not exploited. Rarely, however, do those programs include worker representatives in their formulation or implementation, or establish grievance and remedy mechanisms in accordance with emerging best practices from the United Nations. A new blog from ILRF describes four Essential Elements for Effective Social Responsibility in the Seafood Sector that provide guidance on how such programs should be structured.

Photo courtesy of ILRF

USLEAP Newsletter: Updates and A Call to Action

The U.S. Labor Education in the Americas Program released its annual newsletter this week, where you can read about the work our partners have taken on this year despite increasing repression against trade unionists in Latin America. Learn more about exploitation in Honduran melon fields, and the women workers who are organizing to stop it. Plus, an update from Colombia, and the full story behind our latest call to action for the Freedom and Fairness for Fyffes Workers campaign.

Photo courtesy of rsumpoty on Flickr

RSPO: Stop Certifying Palm Oil Tainted with Labor Abuse

On the opening day of the 15th annual Conference of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), ILRF released a report that documents ongoing labor exploitation on RSPO-certified plantations. The report, released with ILRF partners Rainforest Action Network and Indonesian labor rights NGO OPPUK, is the second in two years to show widespread labor rights violations on plantations owned by Indonesian palm oil giant Indofood. After a multi-year campaign, the tide may be finally turning: during the Conference the RSPO finally agreed to conduct an independent audit of labor conditions on Indofood’s plantations, a move that could result in the first RSPO suspension for failing to respect workers’ rights. Meanwhile, ILRF, RAN, and OPPUK are keeping the pressure on with an online petition calling on the RSPO to uphold its labor standards by suspending Indofood.

Photo courtesy of RAN

It’s Not Too Late, Ivanka

As Ivanka Trump traveled to India for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit last month, many questioned the hypocrisy of her visit given the labor abuses in her supply chain, inspired by a sign-on letter endorsed by 23 organizations. Media outlets across the globe covered the campaign and ILRF staff were quoted in Washington Post and Bustle. After Trump’s return to the United States, ILRF executive director Judy Gearhart released a blog called It’s Not Too Late, Ivanka, calling on the First Daughter to “help turn the tide and create permanent preventive solutions to the pervasive sexual violence endured by women everywhere.”

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