Global Policy Brief: Why and how businesses want to eradicate forced labour

If we work together and harness the potential of SMEs we can eradicate forced labour by 2030. For centuries human rights activists and others have fought against slavery and made huge progress. However, modern forms of slavery, such as forced labour, human trafficking and child marriage still thrive. On any given day in 2016, 40 million people were victims of …

Listen to ILO GBNFL’s first podcast series.

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) could be catalysts when it comes to ending forced labour. Despite their potential, they are often left out of the conversation. This first podcast series looks at why SMEs should be involved in eradicating forced labour and how to achieve this. WHERE CAN YOU LISTEN? SoundCloud Spotify Apple Podcasts UPCOMING EPISODES Episode 1 (February 2021) …

Policy briefs: Viet Nam

Forced labour is violation of labour and human rights. It is a global challenge faced by many countries and sectors. Governments, employer and business membership organizations, workers’ organizations, and other stakeholders all have a role to play in eradicating forced labour and dialogue has a crucial role to play in determining the design and implementation of government action. Eradication is …

Preventing forced labour in Malaysia through responsible business practices

The ILO and Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) partnered to co-organize the webinar on “Preventing forced labour in Malaysia through responsible business practices.” The webinar provided a platform to share knowledge on: How forced labour can be prevented through fair recruitment practices consistent with the “General principles and operational guidelines for fair recruitment and definition of recruitment fees and …

Second Annual Meeting

On the 19th of November, the ILO Global Business Network on Forced Labour hosted its second annual meeting to bring together members of the network and interested stakeholders. The meeting focussed on the impact of COVID-19 on forced labour as well as engaging small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The meeting was opened by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, in a coversation moderated …

Achieving fair recruitment: What works?

The ILO Global Business Network on Forced Labour (GBNFL) as part of a webinar series on what works in preventing forced labour, organized a webinar exploring what works on addressing fair recruitment on the 2nd of September 2020. Nearly one in four victims of forced labour is a migrant worker. Given the risk of human trafficking and forced labour, promoting …

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 …

Social and economic effects of COVID-19 crisis risk worsening forced labour

The International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Global Business Network on Forced Labour is building a future without forced labour. As the effects of COVID-19 exacerbate root causes, action from the public and private sectors is necessary to prevent an increase in forced labour. We recommend that: all governments address the root causes of forced labour, and business increases its focus on …

Webinar: ILO’s 11 operational indicators of forced labour

On the 12th of March 2020, ILO GBNFL Members and Partners joined a network webinar on the ILO’s 11 operational indicators of forced labour. Luiz Machado, the ILO’s Technical Specialist on Forced Labour, presented the indicators and gave practical examples of how they can be applied. The 11 operational indicators are intended to help with the identification of forced labour, …

Forced labour: Global facts and figures

The ILO estimates that there are almost 25 million people in forced labour globally. Data and information are important to informing the fight against forced labour. The ILO Global Business Network on Forced Labour has put together information from various sources to provide an overview on the most recent facts and figures. Download the PDF for the full infographic.