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The private sector countering human trafficking: Supply chain management, labour standards and human trafficking

At any given time, the ILO estimates that 21 million people are trapped in some form of modern-day slavery. As a global enterprise that the UN has estimated as worth in the region of US$ 32 billion, human trafficking affects nearly every country in the world and has no place in a modern, civilised society.

Understanding, mitigating, and managing the risks associated with human trafficking is a growing concern in a globalised corporate environment. Human trafficking can have a direct impact on business ability to manage their supply chains, source labour, ensure compliance with international and national labour regulations, and human rights standards. It also affects how a corporation is perceived by its customers, clients, partners, and investors. Human trafficking is interlinked with our global economy, and the private sector is increasingly seen as an important actor in enabling as well as combatting the different aspects of human trafficking in global supply chains.

While there are many active in the fight against human trafficking, there remains a place for strategic dialogue between diverse stakeholders, providing relevant contributions to the research basis, building linkages between trafficking and other crimes, and attempting to mobilise political will towards a more effective global response.

In order to fill this void, The Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime and Babson College’s Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery present a webinar series entitled, “The Private Sector Countering Human Trafficking: Supply chain management, labour standards and human trafficking.” This is the second series on emerging issues surrounding human trafficking, illicit trade and the private sector presented by The Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime and Babson College’s Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery.

This series will look at best practices and lessons to ensure end-to-end integrity from human trafficking along the supply chain, including with service providers and procurement partners. It will examine international standards and how those can be applied, and probe where gaps in the global policy architecture may exist and how they can be addressed. The series will bring together thought leaders, practitioners and policy makers to instigate discussions with possible solutions to public and private sector challenges surrounding human trafficking.

The webinars are scheduled as follows – to register for the upcoming webinars sessions, please click the hyperlink in the title. We have also made the recordings of previous webinars available for you.

10 March 2016,  Responsible Recruitment vs human trafficking of migrant workers

14 April 2016,     Illicit goods in the supply chain (minerals)

12 May 2016,      How to mitigate the risk of child labour in supply chains

16 June 2016,     Training and auditing – Lessons learned

14 July 2016,      Consumers in the global supply chain


Upcoming Webinar Series: We are happy to announce that the webinar series discovering different areas and issues surrounding the private sector and human trafficking / forced labour will be continued in 2016/2017. Make sure to sign up to our monthly newsletter to receive updates on the upcoming webinar series as well as other upcoming events and news.

For more information on the webinar series, please email Livia Wagner of the Global Initiative Secretariat at