Business-led campaign urges companies to sign pledge to end modern slavery in their operations & supply chains

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16 December 2012

Branson launches campaign to end slavery

Author: Gwen Robinson, Financial Times

A group of corporate executives including the UK’s Sir Richard Branson and…Andrew Forrest have launched a campaign to urge top global companies…to sign up to a voluntary regime aimed at eradicating use of forced labour…Myanmar became the first government to sign the campaign pledge…Sir Richard, who chairs the Virgin Group, and Mr Forrest, chairman of Australia-based Fortescue Metals…jointly launched the campaign, which is urging 25 top companies, including Apple, GE, Microsoft, Chevron, IBM and Walmart, to pledge by March 31 to “end modern slavery” by identifying, eradicating and preventing forced labour in their operations and supply chains…Already, more than 260 companies…have signed the pledge, led by Fortescue, the Virgin Group and Inditex, parent company of clothing maker Zara…Alongside securing corporate pledges, the campaign will publish a global “slavery index” next August on conditions in 160 countries…

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16 December 2012

Walk Free Calls on Big Business to End Slavery Worldwide

Author: Walk Free

Walk Free: The Movement to End Modern Slavery launched its global campaign, Putting Slavery out of Business, from Myanmar today…Walk Free is asking the world's major companies to make a Zero Tolerance for Slavery Pledge by 31 March 2013. The campaign aims to set an example for every business; giving consumers the information they need to make informed choices and ending the nightmare of modern slavery for millions around the world…Companies asked to sign: Apple, Exxon Mobil, Microsoft, Wal-Mart, Shell, General Electric, Google, IBM, Chevron, Berkshire Hathaway, Nestle, AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Pfizer, HSBC, Coca-Cola, Roche, Samsung, Oracle, Novartis, Merck & Co., Vodafone, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Toyota

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