The UN’s Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Ms. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, convened an experts’ consultation in Ankara, Turkey, on human trafficking and global supply chains this past November. Verité participated in the consultation, which resulted in a key new resource called Benchmarks and Indicators for Ensuring Trafficking-Free Supply Chains. We also produced the background paper for the consultation, available here.
The resource, which is included in a summary report about the meeting, provides business with a comprehensive checklist of trafficking and forced labor risks companies can face in their supply chain sourcing. These include passport retention, excessive fee-charging to workers, limitations on freedom of movement as well as weaknesses in compliance frameworks and monitoring that can allow such abuses to go unnoticed.
To review the Benchmarks and Indicators, and more information about the consultation itself, visit the Special Rapporteur’s website here.