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Fighting trafficking is everyone’s business – corporations must strive for trafficking-free supply chains

Author: Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, Published on: 14 November 2012

[The UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons] noted that there is wide international consensus that businesses are uniquely positioned to prevent or mitigate any risk of trafficking in the supply chains...“yet the connection between trafficking in the supply chains and business is still not well understood...Businesses cannot shy away from tackling this issue not only because it amounts to human rights violations, but also because it creates reputational and financial risks to their operations,” said Ms. Ezeilo...The [meeting of] international experts...concurred that...every actor [must] play its part: Governments must take legislative and policy measures and provide for the necessary enforcement framework; businesses must refrain from using trafficked labour and prevent and monitor the use of such labour by suppliers; consumers and the media must shape corporate and Governments’ behaviour.

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