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Dec 4, 2018

Honoring International Day for the Abolition of Slavery by Eradicating Forced Labor

On December 2, Green and Spiegel US and the International Supply Chain Initiative (ISCI) observed the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.  Slavery takes many forms throughout the world.  From sexual exploitation to forced labor in the global supply chains, the International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that there are over 40 million people trapped in some form of modern slavery globally.  Furthermore, the ILO reports that 1 in 4 victims are children.  Migrants are particularly vulnerable to exploitation, and victims can be trapped through methods of force, fraud, or coercion.

In 2015, world leaders and intergovernmental organizations adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  Of these goals, Target 8.7 is dedicated to the eradication of forced labor, modern slavery, and human trafficking, and to end all forms of child labor by 2025.  To promote meeting this target, the ILO facilitates Alliance 8.7, a global partnership working to bring us closer to achieving Target 8.7.  On December 2, Delta 8.7 (the knowledge platform for Alliance 8.7) released the Data Dashboards, a new resource which compares data on efforts to combat slavery, to assist “evidence-based policy-making,” by being able to visually see what methods may be most successful at reducing modern slavery.

Green and Spiegel and ISCI believe that corporations can be the biggest agents of change.  One way corporations can fight against modern slavery is through sustainable sourcing in the supply chain.  If you are interested in learning more about ISCI’s liability assessment and remediation plans, to determine your company’s risk of forced labor in the global supply chain, please contact us immediately.

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