Research and Innovation

We design and implement independent, original research, and develop learning materials and tools, to support innovative solutions to systemic labor issues. We study key challenges and best practices in responsible supply chain sourcing; Leveraging our grassroots access and strong networks, we provide a unique, bottom-up, objective view of labor conditions at the commodity, product, sector, and country level; mapping patterns of human trafficking and forced labor, child labor, and other egregious and systemic issues.

Our research and investigations uncover the root causes and drivers of worker vulnerability in various sectors and migration corridors. We shed light on pressing issues and provide evidence-based analysis of labor conditions in various geographies and in new types and areas of work like logistics, materials recycling, and the gig economy; and on the impacts of macro conditions such as climate change on labor and the movement of peoples.