About Verité Southeast Asia (VSEA)

Our Vision

Verité Southeast Asia (VSEA) is a labor rights organization with a mission to ensure that people worldwide, especially in the region, work under safe, fair and legal conditions.

VSEA is an independent non‐profit with regional headquarters in the Philippines. The organization is part of the Verité global network headquartered in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA.

Our Goals

  • To provide businesses with tools that help to eliminate labor abuses.
  • To empower workers to advocate for their rights.
  • To create publicly-shared resources that enlighten and drive action.
  • To contribute our expertise to government labor and human rights policy.

Our Network

VSEA has been involved in labor rights monitoring, research, advocacy and capacity building in the Southeast Asia region, as well as in neighboring countries (e.g., Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Australia) for more than two decades. Today, our work covers countries in Asia and the Pacific, and any other countries where workers from Southeast Asia may be deployed. We are a network of more than 100 individuals, technical experts and advocates who contribute to the organization’s goal of improving the lives of workers in plantations, factories, farms, and fishing vessels in the region and beyond.

VSEA has a network of local consultants in the following countries:

  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • Lao PDR
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Timor Leste
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Taiwan
  • Korea
  • Japan
  • Australia
  • Jordan
  • New Zealand
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates

Our Partners

The organization actively partners with hundreds of multinational brands, suppliers, local and international institutions, and multi stakeholder platforms across industries and sectors to understand risks and systemic issues, create transparency, build capacity, and improve working conditions and overall social and environmental compliance.