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Value chains free from exploitation

Value chains free from exploitation

Respected workers

From the migrant worker denied access to her passport, to the child labourer working in hazardous conditions, the exploitation of people is a huge issue in global value chains. Labour issues can focus on a variety of things, such as migrant workers, family work, forced labour, long working hours and very low wages.

Although labour is a huge issue, small changes can make a big difference in these peoples’ lives. Global value chains have an impact on people – we believe it should be a positive one.

However, a lack of rights and enforcement in the workplace around workers’ pay, status and benefits as an employee remain an issue, as does a lack of protection from dangerous chemicals and machinery required for the job.

We want to see everyone in the value chain benefit from their association with global brands. As many of these people work in the informal sector, many tiers down the supply chain, achieving this requires engaging many stakeholders with facts and tools to encourage them to buy into what we are doing.

Facts

71% of modern slavery victims are women (ILO).
152 million children between the age of 5-17 are in child labour of which 73 million are in hazardous work. 70% of these are in agriculture.
Work-related injury and illness causes 2.3 million deaths per year.

Our work

We build solutions in collaboration with sites such as plantations or mines, train workers and supervisors, review processes to change working practices for the better. Auditing is seen by many as a solution, but we see that as a tool - real change needs to go far beyond an audit.

Our programmes linked to workers

Respect –
Treating all workers equally and humanely

Our ventures linked to workers

Kumacaya
Independent monitoring by local people

News & Stories

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Join the Earthworm Journey

As a member-based organisation, we know that collaboration is key to success and that everyone has a role to play in creating balance between people and nature. We are always open to hearing from potential new members or clients, interested investors or partners and those who just want to learn more. Please get in touch!

Invest in a solution

To create real, lasting change we know we need to maximise the impact of our solutions. If you want to be a part of this journey, reach out to us and together we can make change happen.

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Do you have an idea that could help transform a supply chain or play a part in the fight against climate change? We fully appreciate the power of ideas and collaboration. So, please get in touch and share your thoughts.
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Want to know more about our work on the ground? Whether you work in sustainability, journalism or are simply curious about what we do, we’re happy to answer your query.