Tech companies are vulnerable to modern slavery in their supply chains. A new benchmarking report says many must do more to address it Source: Hitachi and Canon not doing enough to tackle forced labour, says new report Many companies demonstrate high levels of awareness of the risk of forced labour and make public commitments to … More Tech companies are not doing enough to address forced labour
Despite massive denunciations, child slavery increased by 51 percent to 1.4 million in 2014. Source: Nestle Buys Cocoa from Farmers They Know Buy Children for $30 A study carried out by the Payson Center for International Development of Tulane University in the U.S. found the number of children working in the cocoa industry in 2013-14 … More Does Nestle Know About Child Slave Labor In Its Supply Chain?
Documentary about child labour in various chocolate farms in western African country, Ivory Coast. It investigates the effectiveness of the various labels such as fairtrade, rainforest, etc.
Special on-the-ground report about the nearly 2.1 million West African children who harvest cocoa for big chocolate companies. Source: Inside Big Chocolate’s Child Labor Problem Child labor in West African cocoa farming first became a cause célèbre around the turn of the century when a number of pieces of investigative journalism focused the world’s attention … More Big Chocolate Profits Off The Back Of Child Labor
The entire for-profit education model is predatory and financially unstable, and exploits students’ dreams of a college education. Source: The Victims of For-Profit Education Are Creating a Debtors’ Movement Just as for-profit college scams represent the dregs of a cesspool of debt pervading the higher education infrastructure, the scandalized schools’ forced arbitration clauses reflect an underlying pattern … More A Debtors’ Movement In Student Loans
Source: Pure Circle shares sour on ‘slave labour’ allegation A batch of Pure Circle’s stevia, a plant which it uses to make low and zero calorie sweeteners, was impounded by the US authority as part of a crackdown on products made with forced labour. US Customs said it had received information that stevia being imported … More US Customs impounds sweetener based on ‘slave labour’ allegations
Source: Prison phone bill targets pricing The Illinois Department of Correction’s phone contractor, Securus, has faced allegations besides price gouging. In March, Securus settled a federal lawsuit filed in 2014, alleging the company illegally recorded confidential calls between inmates and attorneys. The lawsuit claimed those recordings were then disclosed to prosecutors. An attorney for Securus … More Securus faces allegations besides price gouging
For-profit schools often set up a process that makes it less likely that grievances will be settled fairly. Source: Don’t Force Students to Sign Away Their Rights Class actions are an essential check on businesses. The information about the Trump University programs might not have come to light had it done what for-profit schools typically … More Students and Forced Arbitration: Signing Away Your Rights
How bad will it be for students if ITT Educational Services, the troubled for-profit school, fails? Ask the former students of a company called Wilfred. Source: Woes for ITT, a For-Profit School, Bode Worse for Its Students To attend the Wilfred schools, students took out more than 61,000 loans between 1986 and 1994, court documents … More Possible loan forgiveness is the subject of the 2014 lawsuit brought by former Wilfred students.
The Department of Education plans to issue a rule that would forgive billions of dollars in loans granted to hundreds of thousands of students at for-profit schools that have defrauded or misled them. Source: The Obama Administration Is About to Crack Down on Shady For-Profit Colleges — and Possibly Offer Billions in Debt Relief for … More DOE May Offer Billions in Debt Relief for Students