Labor Rights in Pakistan’s Cotton Value Chain: Harnessing Technology to Eliminate Child and Forced Labor

  • February 25, 2022
  • 9:00 EST | 14:00 GMT

In response to growing demands by regulators, brands, workers, and consumers that their garments not be made with child labor or forced labor, various actors are developing a wide range of approaches to ensure verification. This session will discuss the upcoming testing of a newly tailored protocol and traceability tool for Pakistan’s cotton supply chain that draws from best practices for improved due diligence and scalable platforms. Speakers include experts from ELEVATE’s Global Trace Protocol (GTP) project and implementing partner Diginex.

GTP by ELEVATE and in partnership with Diginex and other organizations aims to help eliminate child and forced labor through improved traceability in global supply chains, with an initial focus on cotton in Pakistan and cobalt with a goal of developing publicly available commodity agnostic traceability tools. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor for a period of four years (1.5 years completed).

Join us on February 25, 2022, at 9 am EST. This event is part of the 2022 OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector, February 23-24, 2022. For the full event schedule and registration see: Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector (

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Jeff Wheeler

Project Director

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Contractor in Sustainability Consulting-Supply Chain

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