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Facilitating a Race to the ‘Top’ for Business in Tackling Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Blog 24 Sep 2019 Human Rights - Working to End Forced Labour Facilitating a Race to the ‘Top’ for Business in Tackling Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Last year one of the most famous brands in the world, Apple, won the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s Stop Slavery Award, alongside The Consumer Goods Forum member, Unilever. The Stop Slavery Award does not credit either company with being ‘slave free’, as today’s complex network of supply chains means that no company can truly claim this. […]
News Update 02 Apr 2017 Didier Bergeret to Speak at Innovation Forum Event on How Businesses Can Tackle Modern Slavery and Forced Labour The Consumer Goods Forum was pleased to participate in the Innovation Forum’s upcoming ‘How business can tackle modern slavery and forced labour’ conference, held on 25th and 26th April 2017 in London.  The multi-stakeholder event brought together leaders from business, government and civil society, to provide a space for focused and nuanced discussion on how […]
28 Million People in Forced Labour in 2021: CGF Response to Latest ILO Statistics on Modern Slavery Blog 15 Sep 2022 Human Rights - Working to End Forced Labour 28 Million People in Forced Labour in 2021: CGF Response to Latest ILO Statistics on Modern Slavery This week, the International Labour Organization (ILO) announced that 50 million people were living in situations of modern slavery around the world in 2021, according to latest calculations. The new statistics, shared in the latest Global Estimates on Modern Slavery report, define modern slavery as situations of forced labour and forced marriage, and show 28 […]
Modern Slavery – A Shared Problem Blog 22 Aug 2019 Sustainable Retail Summit Modern Slavery – A Shared Problem Modern slavery should be at the heart of our approach to sustainability. How can we say that we are sustainable if doing business is predicated on the abuse and exploitation of others? As operators of the UK-wide Modern Slavery Helpline, Unseen is faced with reports of forced labour situations on a daily basis. Often those […]
“ENSLAVED”, A Visual Story of Modern Slavery, by Lisa Kristine, On Show at the Global Forum on Responsible Recruitment and Employment News Update 21 Jun 2018 Human Rights - Working to End Forced Labour “ENSLAVED”, A Visual Story of Modern Slavery, by Lisa Kristine, On Show at the Global Forum on Responsible Recruitment and Employment At the Global Forum on Responsible Recruitment and Employment, co-hosts The Consumer Goods Forum and The Institute for Human Rights and Business had the privilege of hosting photographer Lisa Kristine’s acclaimed exhibition, “ENSLAVED”, a visual story of modern day slavery. During the event which took place on June 11th and 12th, delegates could view the […]
Giving a Voice to Those with None – My Story and the Fight Against Modern Day Slavery Blog 27 Jul 2017 Human Rights - Working to End Forced Labour Giving a Voice to Those with None – My Story and the Fight Against Modern Day Slavery     Today, the International Labour Organization (ILO) states forced labour in the private economy generates US $150 billion in illegal profits per year, making it the world’s most profitable crime. There are almost 19 million victims globally who are exploited by modern slavery so today I’m here to tell you my story.    My name is […]
Eradicating Forced Labour – Consumer Goods Industry Takes Significant Step Forward Blog 07 Sep 2016 Human Rights - Working to End Forced Labour Eradicating Forced Labour – Consumer Goods Industry Takes Significant Step Forward Modern slavery is an evil that persists despite twelve international conventions and over three hundred international treaties banning it. It is a crime that causes suffering to thousands in the UK and millions around the world, and it is fast becoming a thriving business impacting us all. With its Resolution on Forced Labour, The Consumer Goods […]
Opinion Piece by Social Sustainability Director Featured in The Grocer News Update 21 Aug 2018 Social Sustainability Opinion Piece by Social Sustainability Director Featured in The Grocer Last week, an article, entitled “Collaboration is vital if we are going to make progress on ending modern slavery” written by the CGF’s Social Sustainability Director Didier Bergeret was published on The Grocer’s online platform. In the piece, Didier comments on the “extremely troubling” findings recently published in The Walk Free Foundation’s Global Slavery Index, […]
CGF Social Sustainability Director Didier Bergeret took part in panel discussion at UN Women’s 2018 Conference in New York News Update 28 Mar 2018 Social Sustainability CGF Social Sustainability Director Didier Bergeret took part in panel discussion at UN Women’s 2018 Conference in New York On March 9th, The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF)’s Social Sustainability Director Didier Bergeret took part in a panel discussion at a conference co-hosted by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) and Shiva Foundation, entitled “Collaborating to Tackle Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery” at the UN Headquarters in New York. […]
Fighting Forced Labour of Children: First Steps for Businesses Blog 16 Dec 2021 Human Rights - Working to End Forced Labour Fighting Forced Labour of Children: First Steps for Businesses As we see out the 2021 International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour, one thing is clear: it’s time to step up action. Child labour has worsened. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO) and UNICEF, there are now 160 million children in child labour – 8.6 million more children than in 2016. In […]
Adding our Voice to the Global Call to End Forced Labour Blog 28 Jun 2018 Human Rights - Working to End Forced Labour Adding our Voice to the Global Call to End Forced Labour Think for just a moment about the challenges facing global agriculture and our food system over the coming decades, and you’ll realize—we have a lot of work to do. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization puts it like this: “(global agriculture) has to produce more food and fibre to feed a growing population, with a […]
“Tony’s Chocolonely Deserves Support for Tackling the Complexity of Combatting Forced Labour,” says CGF Sustainability Director in Reuters Editorial News Update 25 Mar 2021 Human Rights - Working to End Forced Labour “Tony’s Chocolonely Deserves Support for Tackling the Complexity of Combatting Forced Labour,” says CGF Sustainability Director in Reuters Editorial Commenting on the recent news around Tony’s Chocolonely and how it has been dropped from Slave Free Chocolate’s list of ethical chocolate companies, despite its efforts to fight forced labour in global cocoa supply chains, The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) Director of Sustainability Didier Bergeret has contributed an opinion piece to Reuters Events Sustainable Business. […]
Human Rights Due Diligence: Tesco’s Journey Blog 24 May 2021 Human Rights - Working to End Forced Labour Human Rights Due Diligence: Tesco’s Journey Tesco is a proud member of The Consumer Goods Forum’s Human Rights Coalition — Working to End Forced Labour (HRC), which shares our ambition to eradicate forced labour from consumer goods supply chains and own operations globally. We are pleased that the Coalition has now released its first strategic document: the HRC Maturity Journey Framework […]
News Update 02 Nov 2016 Forced Labour Eradication Key Topic at Sustainable Retail Summit Some 240 delegates from nearly 30 countries joined this year’s Sustainable Retail Summit, held in Paris on 27th & 28th October. The event delivered on its promise to inspire and inform, leaving participants equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to implement sustainable business practices in their organisations and drive positive change across the industry. The […]
CGF Social Sustainability Director, Didier Bergeret speaks at “B20 Priorities and Challenges” seminar at Argentinian Embassy, London. News Update 05 Mar 2018 Social Sustainability CGF Social Sustainability Director, Didier Bergeret speaks at “B20 Priorities and Challenges” seminar at Argentinian Embassy, London. CGF Social Sustainability Director, Didier Bergeret speaks at “B20 Priorities and Challenges” seminar at Argentinian Embassy, London. The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) was pleased to participate in “B20 Priorities and Challenges”, a seminar hosted by the Ambassador of the Argentine Republic in London. Marcela Manubens from Unilever coordinated and facilitated the panel on social sustainability […]
Fighting Forced Labour – A Rallying Call from the Consumer Goods Industry Press Release 14 Jan 2016 Fighting Forced Labour – A Rallying Call from the Consumer Goods Industry The Board of The Consumer Goods Forum Calls for an Ambitious Action Plan and Need for Global Collaboration   PARIS, 14th January 2016 — The Board of The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) today announced an ambitious, new resolution to fight forced labour issues throughout global supply chains, launching a rallying call to the industry. CGF […]