About Us
Our Vision

We are the global business network building a future without forced labour. We aim to achieve our vision by driving action, scale and sustainability through collaboration. To find out more about how we work, please take a look at our focus areas.

Our members and partners:

There are an estimated 25 million people in forced labour globally. ILO GBNFL members are determined to stop it.

ILO GBNFL has 15 members and partners, and numbers continue to grow. Members are businesses of all sizes and sectors, employer and business membership organizations, industry trade groups and sectoral associations. Other business-led initiatives with complementary mandates and expertise join as partners.

All ILO GBNFL members and partners:

  • Take concrete steps to eradicate forced labour in all its forms in their organizations, supply chains, member organizations, sectors and beyond
  • Advocate for a comprehensive and coordinated response to eradicate forced labour, including in dealings with government bodies
  • Uphold the principles of inclusivity and collaboration when working with other stakeholders to end forced labour.

We’re building a future without forced labour. You need to be part of it.

Take a look at our membership and partnership brochures.
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The Secretariat

ILO GBNFL is coordinated by theInternational Labour Organization (ILO). This UN agency brings together governments, employers and workers to set international labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work.

The ILO has unparalleled convening power among trade unions, businesses and governments. Our network taps into this convening power, and allows members and partners to learn from, and participate in, the ILO’s technical projects.The ILO serves as the network’s secretariat and manages ILO GBNFL’s day-to-day activities, with the advice and guidance of the Steering Committee.

The Steering Committee

ILO GBNFL’s 12-strong Steering Committee is the network’s oversight body. It is composed of members who have volunteered for the position. The Steering Committee chairperson and vice chairperson are elected by the Steering Committee.

The Steering Committee sets the future direction of the network. It endorses and monitors progress of ILO GBNFL’s annual work plans. The committee also makes the final decisions on membership and partnership applications.

Steering Committee members are strong advocates of the network and represent it externally. They make the business case for an end to forced labour and actively recruit new ILO GBNFL members and partners.

The Steering Committee reflects the different network membership groups. It aims to be diverse in terms of regions, sectors, ethnicity and gender.

Funding

ILO GBNFL operates on donor contributions, annual membership fees and in-kind support.

ILO GBNFL is grateful for financial contributions received from the US Department of Labor and the EU through the following ILO initiatives:

  • Bridge Project: From Protocol to Practice: A Bridge to Global Action on Forced Labour
  • MAP16: Measurement, awareness-raising and policy engagement to accelerate action against child labour and forced labour
  • REFRAME: Global Action to Improve the Recruitment Framework of Labour Migration

Membership Fees

Membership fees also support the network. Large companies with more than 250 employees and annual revenue in excess of USD 25 million contribute at least USD 10,000 to the network every year.

Small companies and partners may be asked to provide in-kind support only, depending on their circumstances. The exact nature of this support is decided on a case-by-case basis but can include hosting events, disseminating communications materials or providing resources and tools. In-kind support is discussed and settled during the membership/partnership application phase.