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Labor rights progress under threat across Asia

Trump, China and India pose risk to UN-led protections for workers

| Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos
Tea plantation workers have become one of India's most vulnerable communities. (Photo by Humphrey Hawksley)

It has been six years since the United Nations published its first set of corporate governance standards aimed at curbing human rights abuses in international supply chains. On Sept. 21, the U.N. Global Compact Leaders Summit in New York, bringing together leaders from government, business and civil society, will assess what progress has been made. The goal is to protect the most vulnerable people working in global supply chains, whether they be Indian children forced to work in cotton and brick factories, sugar-cane cutters in Latin America or crews recruited into the Thai fishing industry.

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