Companies accused of using modern day slavery are being named

The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) issued a statement asking 27 companies to help abolish modern slavery and Human trafficking. A issues that is becoming more and more relevant not only in the area of prostitution but also in relation to the everyday products that we use.

In accordance with the Parlermo protocol human trafficking is defined as

ACT: Human trafficking involves the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring and/or receipt of a person.

MEANS: It can include the threat or use of force, deception, abduction, the abuse of power or a position of vulnerability, or other form of coercion.

PURPOSE: The purpose of human trafficking is exploitation, which can include the prostitution of others, forced labor, slavery or servitude.

The ICCR have issued a statement that prescribes a number of steps that companies can take in order to avoid slavery and human trafficking being a part of their supply chain. While the list is far from complete it does highlight a part of globalization, which we often do not hear and to some extend, have not listen too. ICCR asks companies and organisations alike to adopt a due diligence approach which incorporate the following eight steps :

1. A policy stating the company’s commitment to respect human rights;

2. An assessment of actual and potential human rights impacts, including human trafficking and modern day slavery;

3. Integration of the policy and corresponding assessment into internal oversight systems and monitoring programs;

4. Training of employees, contractors and vendors;

5. A clause in contracts with suppliers, host-government agreements and joint ventures stating a common repudiation of human trafficking to ensure that their conduct is consistent with human rights standards.

6. Alliances with appropriate authorities including police, anti-trafficking organizations, child welfare agencies and public-private partnerships with governmental and international institutions;

7. Contribution to the prevention of trafficking, including awareness raising and educational campaigns;

8. Annual public reports on performance.

The list of companies that are being asked to implement and live by these guidelines are Apple and Foxconn which recently were involved in implementing slave like working conditions at Foxconn City in China.

You can find the complete list here.