An international focus on labor abuses in supply chains is gaining momentum, and today’s release of the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report further proves that fact. This year’s report has paid special attention to this issue by highlighting labor abuses in global supply chains.
This year’s Report places a special emphasis on human trafficking in the global marketplace. It highlights the hidden risks that workers may encounter when seeking employment and the steps that governments and businesses can take to prevent trafficking, including a demand for transparency in global supply chains.
–John F. Kerry, Secretary of State
Forced labor exists in both governmental and corporate systems of supply, and understanding the efforts governments are making to combat these abuses is an important part of the equation. The TIP report can be a useful tool for corporations and investors to better understand where risks may exist that could have a potential negative impact.
In the upcoming days, KnowTheChain will evaluate the 2015 TIP Report and bring you a summary of the most interesting highlights. In the meantime, as you read news articles and op-eds on the report, keep the following facts from the International Labour Organization [ILO] in mind:
- Almost 21 million people are victims of forced labor;
- Almost 19 million victims are exploited by private individuals or enterprises.
- Domestic work, agriculture, construction, manufacturing and entertainment are among the sectors most concerned.
- Migrant workers and indigenous people are particularly vulnerable to forced labor.
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