Working in the social compliance sphere for many years, forced labor is regrettably something I have become very familiar with, yet never had I given monkey labor as a form of forced labor any thought. It was interesting to have my eyes opened to something new. 

Although I was grateful to hear that the use of animal labor may not be as common in the coconut supply chain (in particular in Thailand) as some of the earlier articles seem to suggest, this shows the need for greater transparency into supply chains for brands to meet the growing demands of their consumers for ethically sourced products. 

I do not think there will ever come a moment where we, as social compliance auditors, have “seen it all", but we can all make a difference in the lives of people that make our goods and the indigenous animals in those environments, by being informed, doing our due diligence, and keeping brands accountable.