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.

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On the 19th of November 2020, the ILO GBNFL will organize its second annual event for members and partners as well as interested stakeholders from businesses and business networks. Save the date and join us!

Putting Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises First: Why SMEs are Crucial in the Responsible Business Conduct Conversation

Laura J. Spence for the ILO Global Business Network on Forced Labour [i] Judging by the quantity and quality of standards, guidelines and instruments available, the field of responsible business conduct (RBC) has come a very long way in recent decades. [ii] Nevertheless, engagement with the various RBC standards is not universal across business. One noticeably absent group is the …

ILO Global Business Network on Forced Labour Annual Report

Dear Network Community, We are pleased to share with you the annual report of the ILO Global Business Network on Forced Labour. The annual report provides an overview of the activities and achievements completed since the network opened for membership in June 2018. Thank you for your support in 2019 and we look forward to continued engagement and collaboration throughout …

First Annual Meeting of the ILO Global Business Network on Forced Labour

The ILO Global Business Network on Forced Labour, launched in June 2018 held its first annual meeting focusing on business coordination and collaboration to eradicate forced labour and engaging smaller companies. The International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Global Business Network on Forced Labour held its first annual meeting on the 21st of October 2019 to bring together its members and interested …

The Global Business Network on Forced Labour Annual Forum

On the 21st of October 2019, the ILO Global Business Network on Forced Labour will organize its first annual meeting to bring together members and interested stakeholders. The event will seek to engage participants on achieving coordination and collaboration, and focus on innovations that could realize scale and promote bottom-up engagement. Overall, the event will reinforce the focus on collective …

Interactive Map for Business of Anti-Human Trafficking Organizations

With support from ILO’s Global Business Network on Forced Labour, United Nations Global Compact, the Global Business Coalition Against Trafficking, and the RESPECT Initiative (comprised of the Global Initiative, Babson College’s Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, and IOM) partnered to provide a unified resource of information of organizations working with the private sector to eliminate human trafficking, forced …