On 6th and 7th August, Didier Bergeret, Social Sustainability Director at The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) attended the second Bali Process Government and Business Forum, an important platform enabling public and private sector leaders across the Indo-Pacific region to share with and learn from peers in government and business – a crucial step in the shared fight to eradicate human trafficking, forced labour, and modern slavery.
The second meeting of the Forum brought together ministers and business leaders from the 45 Bali Process countries to develop comprehensive solutions and specifically policies to tackle these endemic issues. The Forum also aims to promote good business practices across the private sector, an objective shared by the CGF and its members. Cooperation across government and the private sector is needed to end modern slavery and the CGF believes that the Bali Process Government and Business Forum is a very positive step towards putting an end to this crime in this important region.
The CGF also welcomes and supports the Bali Process’ Acknowledge, Act and Advance Recommendations (AAA Recommendations), which clearly set out a roadmap for both business and government to contribute to the eradication of these transnational crimes. At the CGF, we have been taking action to help solve this endemic global problem since the launch of our 2016 Board-approved Social Resolution on Forced Labour, and the creation of our three simple Priority Industry Principles, created to counter three of the most problematic employment practices that may lead to forced labour. In June of this year, the CGF with key stakeholders like the International Labour Organization and the International Organization for Migration issued a call to action, asking businesses around the world to play their part in the fight to end all forms of forced labour.
During the Forum, Didier was pleased to have had the opportunity to address governments directly, and highlight the work of the CGF and its members. He appealed to representatives, requesting that the issue of forced labour is raised at G20 level in order to encourage governmental commitment. He also spoke about the CGF’s Priority Industry Principles, and asked that they may be upheld and integrated into regulatory frameworks, a move which would facilitate collaborative action against slavery between businesses and governments.