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16 Apr 2014

Farangis Abdurazokzoda, IPS News (Inter Press Service)

Ending Modern Slavery Starts in the Boardroom

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Modern-day slavery can be eradicated from multinational supply chains, but only if global businesses contribute to greater transparency and collaboration, according to new recommendations by Sedex Global and Verite...The U.S. federal government compiles its own such list of products produced by slave or child labour. According to the [list]...some 134 goods from 73 countries use child or forced labour in the production processes... Bradley Myles, the CEO of the Polaris Project...says... “...Business can and should take steps to eradicate...modern slavery from their operations and supply chains.” Consumers also have enormous power – if they use it...Karen Stauss, director of programmes for Free the Slaves...told IPS...a good model comes from...the California Transparency in Supply Chain Act...This...require[s]...companies to disclose what efforts they are making to eradicate human trafficking and slavery from their supply chains. Many companies, however, do not yet appear to have formal anti-slavery policies.