How Humanitarian Blockchain Can Deliver Fair Labor to Global Supply Chains

By: Ashley Mehra and John G. Dale
Blockchain technology in global supply chains has proven most useful as a tool for storing and keeping records of information or facilitating payments with increased efficiency and its use to improve supply chains for humanitarian projects has mushroomed over the last five years; in large part due to the potential for transparency and security that the design of the technology proposes to offer. We want to ask an important but largely unexplored question about the human rights of the workers who produce these “humanitarian blockchain” solutions: “How can blockchain help eliminate extensive labor exploitation issues embedded within our global supply chains?”