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Responsible Business Alliance Signs Agreement to Support Bali Process Efforts on Modern Slavery 

An estimated 40 million people are victims of modern slavery across the world, with nearly 25 million working in situations of forced labor. The Bali Process seeks to address issues of human trafficking, forced labour and modern slavery in the Indo-Pacific and the Walk Free Foundation (WFF) is a global organization with a mission to end modern slavery. The RBA is a nonprofit coalition of leading electronics, retail, auto, telecom and toy companies. Its members are committed to supporting workers and communities worldwide that are affected by the global electronics supply chain.
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Human rights abuse is often more egregious in the electronics sector than other industries since the parts are almost exclusively made in some of the poorest countries in the world.

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Products the US buys that could be made by slaves or forced labor 

Products the US buys that could be made by slaves or forced labor  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The US is the biggest importer of goods at risk of modern slavery, according to the report. A smartphone from a US store could be made from factories where workers paid less than minimum wages while working overtime. The packaged shrimp from a supermarket could have been caught by fishermen trafficked to Thailand and kept in cages. The US Customs and Border Protection has put up a list of products banned due to suspicions of its labor supply. As of July 2018, there are only 45 items on the list.
EcoVadis's insight:

In order to identify where slavery is possible in their supply chains, due diligence measures are necessary, requiring companies to engage various stakeholders before engaging in appropriate remediation.

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Hotel sector unites under ITP to tackle forced labour

Hotel sector unites under ITP to tackle forced labour | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The world’s leading hotel groups are standing together to tackle the issue of forced labour. The industry came together with ITP – the International Tourism Partnership – to launch ITP’s Principles on Forced Labour at an event in Singapore. The Principles represent a big first step for ITP helping its members reach their Goal for 2030 on Human Rights.

EcoVadis's insight:

The ITP Principles on Forced Labour send a very positive signal that the hotel industry is moving in the right direction on this issue, and will hopefully encourage further engagement and action from companies to address this issue worldwide.”

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Anti-slavery app will help users spot potential victims of labour exploitation 

Anti-slavery app will help users spot potential victims of labour exploitation  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A leading anti-slavery charity is preparing to launch an app that will help users identify signs of modern-day slavery and report suspicions to a confidential helpline. Unseen, the organisation that previously created the modern slavery helpline, said the move was intended to improve reporting systems in line with the “ever more sophisticated technology [traffickers use] to control and exploit their victims”.Since launching in 2016, the modern slavery helpline has experienced a dramatic increase in contact regarding potential victims and crimes. 

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An estimated 13,000 people are believed to be trapped in modern slavery in the UK, often in situations of forced labour, domestic servitude or sexual exploitation.

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New Report, Old Problems: Time to Pay Cocoa Workers Fairly and Find Real Solutions for Tea Workers

New Report, Old Problems: Time to Pay Cocoa Workers Fairly and Find Real Solutions for Tea Workers | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A new report entitled The Global Business of Forced Labor finds serious issues of forced labor, poor labor conditions, and poverty wages in the tea and cocoa sectors. Focusing on tea plantations in India and cocoa smallholder farms in Ghana, the author clearly calls out that “forced labor emerges as a business strategy for producers to cut cost and generate revenue.” Alarmingly, the report also finds that eco-social certifications are not working in these sectors and regions.

EcoVadis's insight:

According to the report of Global business of Forced labour, workers in the tea industry are experiencing severe labour exploitation, including forced labour.

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