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Special Rapporteur on human trafficking convened expert group meeting on trafficking & global supply chains

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4 March 2013

[PDF] Report of the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo - Expert consultation on human trafficking and global supply chain

Author: Joy Ngozi, Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children

The consultation focused on understanding the relationship between human trafficking and global supply chains, and the risks run by workers and business. In this regard, speakers described the international migration framework, referred to specific cases of abuse documented by the media and the different forms of exploitation at the recruitment and employment stages of the employment relationship, and highlighted factors increasing the vulnerability of migrant workers. Participants then identified some of the responses of the business community to the risks of human trafficking in supply chains, in particular, the commitments made by two companies and their efforts to monitor their supply chains and mitigate risks associated with human trafficking…[P]articipants review[ed]…a draft checklist of indicators and benchmarks that enterprises could use to assess the risks of human trafficking and forced labour in their supply chains…The Special Rapporteur believes that [they] could be a valuable tool for businesses to exercise due diligence, as promoted by the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, in their supply chains in order to detect and prevent cases of trafficking…[Refers to MTV, Saatchi & Saatchi]

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12 November 2012

Expert Group Meeting: Human Trafficking & Global Supply Chains (12-13 November 2012)

Author: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

[T]he Special Rapporteur [on trafficking in persons, especially women & children] devoted her report to the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly… to the issue of trafficking in global supply chains…As a follow-up to this report, the Special Rapporteur convened a two-day Expert Group Meeting in Human Trafficking & Global Supply Chains…in Ankara, Turkey. The aims of the Expert Group Meeting were: 1. To deepen the discussion around the main findings of the Special Rapporteur’s report and its recommendations for follow-up; 2. To enhance and deepen thematic expertise on issues relating to human trafficking and supply chains; 3. To share information across stakeholder groups on current trends, good practices and lessons learned, including case studies, in addressing trafficking in global supply chains; and 4. To consider and discuss elements of possible standards and indicators for achieving a trafficking free supply chain.

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