Consumer Goods Forum to Fight Slavery in Supply Chains

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The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) announced the Social Resolution on Forced Labor which is aimed at fighting human trafficking in their supply chains…

This article explains that CGF is a worldwide industry association that aims to get CEOs of their 400 companies from 70 countries to initiate change. Those members consist of retailers and service providers that together claim combined sales of EUR 2.5 trillion. The Forum is in a position to launch this resolution that will develop much needed practices to tackle slavery in global supply chains.

This effort is guided by international  structures like the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

The Social Resolution on Forced Labour depends on global collaboration across industries. CGF looks to harness the power of collective action to identify areas vulnerable to forced labor. Once identified, members will work together to develop action plans to address violations, harmonize supply chain standards, and prevent future abuses, thereby making existing company initiatives more effective. To achieve this goal, CGF will work closely with other stakeholders, including governments, civil society, retailers, and manufacturers. It also aims improve information sharing and best practices.

It is a huge undertaking to eradicate slavery.  And it will take more than one company or one government to bring about significant change that will really combat such a massive worldwide problem.  Working together is paramount in the fight.  When an industry-wide effort to comply is finally realized, real change can happen and workers will be better protected.   The Consumer Goods Forum is working toward that goal.

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