EU Sources - Labour exploitation in Europe - August 31, 2017

An annual study from global risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft reveals that modern slavery risks have risen in nearly three quarters of the 28 EU member states in 2016. The research, which assesses countries on the strength of their laws, the effectiveness of their enforcement and the severity of violations, shows drops in the scores for 20 countries across the EU. The EU countries posing the highest risk are Romania, Greece, Italy, Cyprus and Bulgaria – key entry points for migrants who are extremely vulnerable to severe forms of forced labour, such as servitude and trafficking. The findings come shortly after the Economist revealed huge weaknesses in companies’ efforts to secure responsible global supply chains. Global brands and their local suppliers often exploit developing countries’ low wages and weak social and environmental standards to produce low-cost goods at the expense of local workers’ welfare.

English: https://maplecroft.com/portfolio/new-analysis ...   

The Economist report: http://growthcrossings.economist.com/wp-content ...  

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