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Forced labor at NYU Abu Dhabi: Compliance and the cosmopolitan university

... In this report, we show that NYUAD likely permitted forced labor conditions for thousands of workers in construction of its campus; in its operations from 2010 through present day, it has run and continues to run an unacceptable risk of forced labor... The central concern of this report is NYUAD procurement and supply chain policies that fail to ensure fair, humane, and legal working conditions for contracted employees of NYUAD. As this report documents, the construction of the NYUAD Saadiyat Island campus likely entailed forced labor. Misinterpretations of its own labor standards, including laws and standards for the monitoring of labor conditions has meant that NYU has run an unreasonable risk of employing forced labor in its operations; despite a new set of public labor standards, policies fail to reasonably eliminate the risk of forced labor in NYUAD operations through the present day. NYU has not provided redress for the thirty thousand plus individuals who have likely been harmed as a result of NYUAD allowing significant errors in implementation of its labor standards, nor has it implemented best practices to reasonably guarantee non-repetition moving forward...

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