Forced Labor Report
Target, Amnesty International and Vodafone are pioneering a new model of forced labor detection and prevention using Laborlink to collect direct feedback from workers. Download the full report.
Modern slavery encompasses human trafficking, forced labor, slavery, or it can refer to slavery-like practices of exploitation that prevent a person from leaving, such as threats or violence, coercion, or abuse of power. The International Labor Organization (ILO) and Walk Free Foundation estimate 16 million people are in forced labor in the private economy worldwide.(1) Half of these men and women are in debt bondage working to repay a debt that they have no hope of repaying. The second highest number of victims of forced labor are in the Asia-Pacific region.
Companies are increasingly expected to assess, mitigate and prevent forced labor throughout their business activities. A concern raised mostly by advocacy groups, there is a growing demand for transparency in supply chains, including from the investment community in their analysis of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks and in tracking companies’ responses to emerging regulations.
The UK Modern Slavery Act, California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, French Corporate Duty of Vigilance Law, and other emerging legislation in Australia and elsewhere are placing companies under intensifying legal pressure to ensure that their supply chains are free of forced labor and human trafficking. However, most companies lack effective means to confirm ethical sourcing at all supply chain levels and / or address the issue.
Worker engagement supported by technology is a tool for better detection and risk analysis, enhanced reporting, and prevention by engaging with vulnerable workers in hard to reach places. This includes engaging workers at the factory level, community of employment, and community of origin
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