Forced labour is an endemic social problem riddled throughout supply chains globally. 25 million individuals are victims of forced labour today. It is one of the most profitable global crimes and a problem of this magnitude cannot be solved by one person, company or industry acting alone.
The International Labour Organization defines forced labour as situations in which persons are coerced to work through the use of violence or intimidation, or by more subtle means such as accumulated debt, retention of identity papers or threats of denunciation to immigration authorities. This includes forced child labour, forced migrant labour and human trafficking.
To help ensure implementation across our wider membership, we will harness the power of collective action as an industry group to identify and address issues and geographies of shared concern, enhancing the efficiency of any individual company initiatives in this area. In areas of shared concern, we will jointly develop specific action plans supporting the eradication of forced labour, in alignment with the widely embraced guidance provided by the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
To achieve this ambitious goal, we will work closely with other industries, with governments and with civil society. We recognise that progress will require meaningful advances in enforcement of relevant national laws, international frameworks and increased support for and protection of victims and vulnerable populations. Going forward, and beginning in 2016, our members will collaborate in advancing the following workstreams:
In June 2018, we called upon businesses around the world to play their part in the fight to end all forms of forced labour. Issued during the 2018 Global Forum on Responsible Business and Recruitment, the call to action was made alongside the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and with the support of the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB), and is a strong affirmation of our members’ commitment to strive to eradicate forced labour from global supply chains and continue not to tolerate forced labour within own operations.
Following his session at the 2018 Global Summit, we interviewed Guy Ryder, Director General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) who shared further thoughts on the future of work, the protection of workers in this future landscape, Thailand’s recent ratification of the ILO Protocol on Forced Labour, and the CGF’s business call to action just launched at the Global Forum on Responsible Recruitment and Employment. Watch the full video: