Webinar on an inclusive approach to eradicating forced labour in the better normal

The ILO estimates that there are 25 million people in forced labour globally. Early indications show that the social and economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis will further exacerbate the root causes of forced labour. As we continue to work towards SDG 8.7, a concerted, collective effort on the part of business and governments is more necessary than ever. Read more about this in our briefing note here.

The ILO Global Business Network on Forced Labour hosted a webinar for members and interested stakeholders on the eradication of forced labour in the current context on Friday 29 May, 14:30-15:30 CET. Joining the webinar were 160 businesses, business networks and other stakeholders.

Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, introduced the topic and Emmanuel Faber, Chairman and CEO, Danone, and CEO Sponsor, Consumer Goods Forum Human Rights Coalition – Working to End Forced Labour focussed on the role of companies in addressing forced labour. Following that, our expert panelists discussed challenges to eradicating forced labour and promoting local solutions that focus on including smaller enterprises.

Agenda item
Moderator:
Brent Wilton, Global Head of Workplace Rights, The Coca-Cola Company, and ILO GBNFL Steering Committee Member
Opening:
– Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO)
– Emmanuel Faber, Chairman and CEO, Danone, and CEO Sponsor, Consumer Goods Forum Human Rights Coalition – Working to End Forced Labour  
Panel discussion  
– Heidi Koester Oliveira, Global Human Rights Lead, Mars, Incorporated
– Matthias Thorns, Deputy Secretary-General, International Organisation of Employers (IOE)
– Patricia Veringa-Gieskes, CEO and Founder, The Job Factory
Closing: Deborah France-Massin, Director, Bureau for Employers’ Activities, ILO