UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking reaffirms responsibility of businesses to mitigate risk of trafficking in supply chains

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14 November 2012

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

Author: Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights

[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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7 August 2012

[PDF] Trafficking in persons, especially women and children

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

The report sets out activities undertaken by the Special Rapporteur during the period under review and contains a thematic analysis of the issue of human trafficking in supply chains, in which the Special Rapporteur examines the existing international legal framework and standards applicable to States and businesses, in addition to non-binding codes of conduct and principles adopted by businesses, as part of efforts to prevent and combat human trafficking. Recognizing that a multistakeholder approach is crucial in combating trafficking in supply chains, the Special Rapporteur discusses positive examples of public-private partnerships. Lastly, the Special Rapporteur offers conclusions and recommendations addressed to States and businesses. [Refers to Gap, Walmart and Carrefour].

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