Meet the Chair

Douglas Opio is the Executive Director of the Federation of Uganda Employers. He is an employment and labour market professional who works with businesses of all sizes and sectors. As a strong business advocate he works closely with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Organization of Employers (IOE).

Douglas, what motivates you most as ILO GBNFL Chair?

Forced labour is unacceptable. All human beings are equal and should be treated as such. I believe that the business community, and especially small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), can be game changers in the fight against forced labour.

What would you like to achieve in your role as Chair?

First, I would like ILO GBNFL to increase awareness of forced labour. Many people and businesses may be unintentionally complicit simply because they are unaware it exists. Evidence-based advocacy and communications activities play an important role here.

Second, there is the issue of governance. ILO GBNFL is a global entity. We want to lead by example and inspire others. To do this, we need to raise the bar higher within the network and spread the word.

And finally, we are a membership-based organization. I would like more businesses and initiatives to join us so that we can grow our reach and influence and truly make a difference.


To hear more from Douglas:

  • Read Douglas’ LinkedIn article on the role of SMEs in forced labour eradication and the SME that inspires him most
  • Listen to Douglas’ podcast setting out the business case for why SMEs should get involved in the fight against forced labour
  • Follow Douglas on Twitter and LinkedIn.