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Opinion

Asia Pacific companies need to face up to migrant labor problems

Investors and advocacy groups step up calls for transparency

| Thailand
Top Glove denied the forced labor claims, but admitted that overtime had exceeded national regulations.   © Reuters

The widespread use of migrant labor in Asia Pacific economies poses increasing business risks for the companies involved -- especially those with critical links to global supply chains.

Amid growing demand in the West for higher levels of corporate governance, such businesses need to take urgent action to develop human rights policies and systems that meet internationally-accepted standards. Acting now will help to secure long-term access to Western markets; doing nothing could be costly.

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