Issara's Financial Breakdown
STRATEGIC PARTNER CONTRIBUTIONS
How are partner contributions allocated & spent?
Partner funds are used in part to enable Issara to conduct its Inclusive Labour Monitoring of partner supply chains. In addition, partner funds contribute to the funding of Issara Working Group activities, as well as Issara's work in the anti-trafficking sector as a whole. A core part of the Advisory Committee's role is to ensure partner funds are appropriately spent and add value to Strategic Partners from year to year.
How are contributions to Issara classified?
In line with Issara's US tax deductible charitable status, partner contributions are not considered as 'fee-for service', but rather as ongoing support and commitment to partnering with Issara Institute to tackling labour issues in the industry.
When are partner contributions due?
Partners' Annual contribution to support Issara's work is due and payable 14 days after signing the Strategic Partner Agreement. The second payment will be due nine months following the date of the first payment.
How does your company's contribution
Affect the lives of workers?
While 90% of your contribution goes to supporting Inclusive Labour Monitoring implementation, 10% goes towards Issara's Victim Support Fund, which supports trafficked persons to rebuild their lives. Issara provides these individuals with Unconditional Cash Transfers pegged at minimum wage, paired with medical services, legal services, job placement and counseling, if needed. It is with your continued support that Issara is able to help people like San San Aye, whose story you can read below.
San San Aye, Burmese Migrant Worker
San San Aye, a 20-year-old Myanmar woman, had been working a difficult farming job in Thailand, sending money home to her three siblings and parents when possible. A broker approached San San Aye, offering her a job working on an orange farm and making more money, ensuring San San that the job was similar to that of the woman’s own daughter. All San San Aye needed to do was accompany ten others that afternoon to the job location. This seemed like a great opportunity, and San San Aye would be able to send more money home, so she agreed and joined the group later that day.
Once San San Aye arrived, the situation was much different than what she was promised. She was going to be working at a shrimp peeling factory, not on an orange farm. Additionally, she was required to pay back a higher broker fee than originally discussed, 19,000 Thai Baht ($543) compared with 13,000 Baht ($372). Despite being promised a daily wage of 500 Baht ($14) per day, she ended up only being paid 150 Baht ($4) per day, which is half the legal minimum wage in Thailand.
For two years, San San Aye worked 16-hour days and was rarely allowed to leave the factory. Because of her debt to the broker and illegally low salary, San San Aye could not switch jobs and was unable to send any money back to her family. Her employer often used her informal status against her, threatening police action if she tried to leave.
Eventually, San San Aye was able to escape the shrimp peeling factory with the help of a community-based organization and was referred to Issara’s Freedom of Choice program. With the unconditional cash transfers and financial support for legal aid provided by Issara, San San Aye was able to find a new job that treats her fairly and pursue legal action for her lost wages.