Know Your Supplier (Continued): Humanity United Releases Exhaustive Study on Exploitative Labor Practices in the Global Shrimp Industry

Today, Humanity United released a study – “Exploitative Labor Practices in the Global Shrimp Industry” – prepared by Accenture that provides in-depth analysis about the characteristics and causes of labor abuse in the shrimp industries of Bangladesh and Thailand.  The study explains that at least some of the efficiencies believed to exist with farmed shrimp are due to artificially low […]

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Tom Mazzetta: Shame on SSA

      Recently, I was made aware of an op-ed written by John Williams of the Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA). The piece was part of an apparent series entitled Know Your Supplier: Forced Labor in the Thai Shrimp Processing Industry. The editorial closed by stating, “The strongest demand we can make is to know where the shrimp originates at […]

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Know Your Supplier (Continued): Forced Labor in Thai Shrimp Processing Industry

At the end of 2012, investigative reporter Matt Rusling published a story detailing his investigation into the abuse of migrant labor in the Thai shrimp industry on his on-line publication Borderless News. Mr. Rusling’s story traces the phenomena of forced labor in the Thai shrimp processing sector back to Mae Sot, “a bustling border town teeming with Burmese workers of […]

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Know Your Supplier (Continued): “Bad Cocktail” – Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Focus on Labor in Thai Shrimp Processing Industry

The work of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting investigating alleged labor abuses in the Thai shrimp processing sector is now featured on the Center’s website.  The project, titled “Bad Cocktail: Labor Abuse in Thailand’s Shrimp Industry,” confirmed many of the allegations that have been leveled against the Thai shrimp industry.  Specifically, independent peeling sheds often take advantage of migrant […]

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Know Your Supplier Continued: Eliminating Child and Forced Labor from the Shrimp Supply Chain

The U.S. Department of Labor released an updated “List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor” on Wednesday, as required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005. In the fourth edition of the report, shrimp is once again highlighted as a commodity produced by both child and forced labor. Shrimp from Bangladesh and Cambodia is listed […]

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