CWR co-host Bill Baue speaks with Mil Niepold, senior policy advisor at Verité, a supply chain monitoring and auditing nonprofit that serves as secretariat of the International Cocoa Verification Board, and Bama Athreya, executive director of the International Labor Rights Forum, an advocacy organization that combats child labor and has collaborated with other NGOs and Fair Trade chocolate companies to propose a “Commitment to Ethical Cocoa Sourcing. Niepold and Athreya present diverse views on how best to address child labor in the cocoa supply chain in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana–Niepold promotes Verité’s multistakeholder initiative supported by industry and West African governments, while Athreya points to progress occurring outside of industry and government influence.
University of San Francisco Ethics Professor David Batstone speaks about his research in writing “Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade–and How We Can Fight It” and his launching of the Not for Sale campaign to help end human trafficking.
David Arkless, senior vice president of global corporate affairs for Manpower, discusses the Athens Ethical Principles, which commit companies to a zero tolerance policy toward human trafficking anywhere in the supply chain for companies. Manpower was the first company to sign the Principles in January 2006, and in December the company challenged 1,000 companies to join in signing the Principles.