Business As A Partner In Addressing Forced Labor

Author: Mark P. Lagon, Director, Office to Monitor & Combat Trafficking in Persons, U.S. State Dept., Published on: 26 February 2008

…[T]his important forum…provides an opportunity for the private and public sectors to engage on the issue of forced labor, and explore areas where we can find common cause and partner in this work…Globalization fuels not only sex trafficking but also slave labor. Goods enter the global market place while consumers have little or no knowledge of the supply chains and work conditions that resulted in their production. This is problematic for both the consumer and businesses which are increasingly faced with the challenge of ensuring that complex supply chains are untainted by forced labor. But American businesses are steadily moving to address this challenge in their quest to be socially responsible corporate citizens [also refers to Coca Cola, Gap, Colombia Gem House, Microsoft, Manpower]

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Related companies: Coca-Cola Gap ManpowerGroup Microsoft