CSR Asia's Richard Welford offers practical measures for companies to combat human trafficking

Author: Richard Welford, Eco-Business, Published on: 3 August 2017

"Human trafficking risks in Asia's supply chains: How should businesses respond?", 4 August 2017

In order to help to combat human trafficking there a number of practical measures that companies should undertake to play their part in dealing with the scourge of trafficking:

  • Undertake human rights risks assessments... 
  • Create and implement strong and substantive human rights policies...
  • Train staff, suppliers, vendors, contractors and auditors to better understand company policies, how to effectively implement them and ways to avoid the risks associated with inaction.
  • Analyse corporate activities, linkages and relationships with suppliers and how these affect people and their rights in order to prevent human rights abuses.
  • Determine high-risk industry sectors and countries... 
  • Review, develop, and implement auditing mechanisms to ensure compliance with corporate human rights policies... 
  • Collaborate with stakeholders...to identify risks associated with trafficking and to help victims.
  • Develop mechanisms along the supply chain so that people who have been trafficked or people who are aware of instances of trafficking can report concerns to you without fear of retaliation.
  • Be part of broad industry-led multi-stakeholder initiatives that include proactive attempts to tackle trafficking and other human rights abuses along supply chains.
  • Produce honest and open reports on anti-trafficking programmes and practices...

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