Agriculture, Horticulture & Landscaping

There are a number of potential touch points where human trafficking can occur in the agriculture and horticulture industry. First of all agricultural work is usually seasonal. Seasonal workers often lack workplace protections, including unemployment compensation and health insurance, as well as job security and stability. Farms and plantations usually cover vast areas and are not well-serviced by public transportation. Employees also usually live on the site which is why the workers can be exposed to labour exploitation even easier.

“How They Tricked Us” Living with the Gibe III Dam and Sugarcane Plantations in Southwest Ethiopia
Publications
11 June 2019

For over a decade, the Oakland Institute has raised alarm about the conditions and threats that both the Gibe III Dam and the Kuraz Sugar Development Project pose for Indigenous communities in the region. Now, several years on, new research...

They said we wouldn’t have to pick and now they send us to the fields – Forced Labor in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Harvest 2018
Publications
03 April 2019

Uzbekistan’s 2018 cotton harvest, which concluded in all regions of the country in the last week of November, showcased the enormous challenges in uprooting the country’s deeply entrenched forced labor system. Driven by a commitment to reform at the highest...

Thailand Migration Report 2019
Graphics & InfographicsPublications
25 January 2019

The Thailand Migration Report 2019 contains 11 chapters that delve into themes such as working conditions, access to services, remittances, human trafficking and exploitation. Each chapter, written by a specific UN agency, provides up-to-date information on migration trends and patterns...

Health Hazards, Child Labour and Data Protection Breaches on Palm Oil Plantations
Publications
04 December 2018

The report identifies numerous potential liabilities for palm oil buyers and investors to consider when making investments in this sector to avoid facilitation and profit generation from labour abuses and failure to take action to address these issues. As transparency...

Corporate Human Rights Benchmark – 2018 Key Findings
Publications
12 November 2018

The 2018 Corporate Human Rights Benchmark assesses 101 of the largest publicly traded companies in the world on a set of human rights indicators. The companies from 3 industries – Agricultural Products, Apparel, and Extractives – were chosen for the...

2018 Food and Beverage Benchmark Findings Report
Publications
02 October 2018

Executive Summary The risk of forced labor is pervasive across today’s food and beverage supply chains: from tea pickers on tea estates to crew members on fishing vessels and laborers on cattle and poultry ranches, cocoa farms, and rice mills. Workers in...

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