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

The COVID-19 crisis has the potential to amplify the root causes of forced labour, which include:

  • Poverty
  • Weak governance
  • Informal economic activity
  • Lack of access to social protection
  • Low awareness of labour and human rights
  • Humanitarian crises
  • Discrimination.

There is an urgent need for all governments to address the root causes of forced labour, while businesses increase their focus on preventing and tackling forced labour. Our brief sets out recommended actions for governments, businesses as well as for the ILO GBNFL network.

Read the brief