Verité is pleased to be included in a vital new effort to leverage the resources of the global financial sector to more fully combat modern day slavery.

Verité’s CEO, Shawn MacDonald, was appointed to the Financial Sector Commission on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, which was launched to coincide with the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Other members of the commission include conveners Dr. Aurelia Frick, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Justice and Culture of the Principality of Liechtenstein, Professor Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank and of more than 50 other companies in Bangladesh, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia, and commissioners James Kofi Annan, President of Challenging Heights, an organization working to end child trafficking in Ghana, and Dr. Jean Baderschneider, CEO and founding board member of The Global Fund to End Modern Slavery.   The full list of participants is available on the commission’s website.

Over the next nine months, the international commission will meet to discuss the sector’s approach to anti-trafficking and anti-slavery, responsible investment and lending practices, and develop a strategy to fight human trafficking and slavery.

Visit  financialsectorcommission.org to learn more about the commission and to review Secretariat Briefing Paper 1: Financial Sector Compliance to Address Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.