On 6th October 2021, The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) Director of Sustainability, Didier Bergeret, joined a panel discussion at the 6th annual Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights for Latin America and the Caribbean. Didier spoke in his capacity as director of the CGF’s Human Rights Coalition — Working to End Forced Labour (HRC) and the Sustainable Due Diligence (HRDD) systems to identify, remedy and prevent cases of forced labour in Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI) about how CGF member companies are adopting Human Rights consumer goods supply chains.
Entitled “Intensifying the Fight Against Modern Slavery and Forced Labor in Latin America”, the session was moderated by Nicolás Torres, CERLAC National Coordinator, International Labour Organization, and Didier was joined by Gerson Soares from the Brazil Ministry of Labour and Social Security, and Gabriela Roberti from the Uruguay Ministry of Labour and Social Security. In addition to Didier’s discussion on HRDD systems, the panel also discussed the role of governments and legislation in fighting forced labour, the importance of private-public collaboration in acting against this issue, and specific human rights challenges unique to the Latin America and Caribbean regions. Didier also noted that labor inspectorates could get inspired by the work on benchmarking and recognising social standards thanks to the CGF’s Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative.
According to research from the ILO, there are around 1.2 million people experiencing forced labour in the Latin America and Caribbean regions.
To learn more about CGF members are helping achieve fair and decent working conditions worldwide by driving individual and collective action in their businesses and supply chains to eradicate forced labour, visit the HRC website.