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Causes: International, International Human Rights

Mission: Verité is an independent, non-profit socially responsible auditing, training, capability building and research organization established in 1995. Our mission is to ensure that people worldwide work under safe, fair and legal working conditions. We achieve this by linking collaboratively with local, grassroots NGOs; governments; international institutions and corporations. Our experience spans over 70 countries and territories. Our approach is grounded in the belief that only by increasing corporate accountability and strengthening the capacity of local NGOs to monitor compliance with acceptable labor standards can participation in a global economy promote the development of just and humane civil societies.

Programs: Verite undertook 18 independent, high-quality, original research projects for 12 funders in multiple countries providing original research on key issues and challenges in responsible supply chain sourcing. We leveraged our grassroots access to provide a unique, bottom-up, objective view of labor conditions at the commodity, product, sector, and country level.

verite conducted 377 comprehensive audits, investigations, screenings, and reviews to provide insight into working conditions - including forced labor, human trafficking, and child labor - in global supply chains for 42 clients in more than 23 countries. Our approach centered on workers' voices and provided stakeholders with actionable recommendations to address root causes of non-compliance.

verite completed 57 consulting engagements for 22 clients guiding companies in strengthening internal and supply chain management systems that proactively controlled risks to the business and its employees. Our broad expertise allowed us to support clients across industries in strategic planning, integrating social responsibility requirements into sourcing decisions, and cascading accountability throughout their value chains.

verite is developing a quantitative system (labor conditions matrix) to evaluate labor conditions in multiple countries for the existence and effectiveness of prohibitions of abusive labor practices. Expenses $474,461; revenue $349,524verite designed and delivered in-person and web-based solution-oriented training programs that provided the knowledge, skills, and practical tools to corporate staff, suppliers, and auditors to detect and effectively address the root causes of legal code, and compliance program violations. Verite delivered 16 auditor training engagements for the eicc (electronic industry citizenship coalition) in 8 countries and 26 training engagements related to suppliers, corporate csr and conference/multi-stakeholders for 20 clients in more than 10 countries. Expense $455,150; revenue $603,620

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