Calling all SMEs! Ten steps on the journey to ending forced labour by 2030.

Forced labour is on the rise due to the COVID-19 crisis. Efforts to eradicate forced labour are dominated by large enterprises, despite SMEs making up 90 per cent of the private sector globally. We, the ILO Global Business Network on Forced Labour, want to unleash the potential of SMEs. So, if you are a SME, where do you start? We’ve …

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. PODCAST EPISODES Episode 1 (February 2021) Calling all SMEs: Why and how to achieve …

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 …