Forced Labour: A private sector problem

Forced Labour: A private sector problem


The way forced labour works
in the world today is very different
from the way it worked in the 1930s, that it’s very much a private sector problem, 90% of those in forced labour
are in the private sector. What this study does is
for the first time not only reaffirm the size
and scale of the 21 million people who are involved in forced labour
and victims of it — but it also puts an economic value on that and breaks it down in a way that even a private sector company can appreciate
that this encompasses many industrial sectors and accounts for about a third
of the overall profits globally. This has value because I can go
to our supply chain and procurement people but I can also go to organisations like the
Global Business Coalition against trafficking and saying this study validates
why we have to work very hard on this. What’s evident is that the ILO needs
to reinvigorate its action against forced labour by coming up with a supplemental instrument
that fills the implementation gaps in terms of protection, prevention and remedy
for victims of forced labour so it has significant policy implications. When you have 21 million people
engaged in forced labour, it will not end tomorrow but collectively, the only way it will end
is if we all work together to solve the problem.

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