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Pope denounces 'scourge' of human trafficking and slavery

Pope denounces 'scourge' of human trafficking and slavery | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Pope Francis urged governments on Sunday to take decisive action against the $150 billion-a-year human trafficking business and the plight of millions of modern-day slaves. An estimated 45.8 million people live in some form of slavery across the world, according to the 2016 Global Slavery Index by human rights group Walk Free Foundation. Migration has become a dominant and highly-politicised issue in Europe, though the peak of more than 1 million asylum seekers arriving in 2015 has tapered off since then. Many migrants arrive via traffickers, often in dire conditions and for large sums of money.

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Modern slavery and poor working conditions are tough challenges to circumvent for any industry. Agriculture, food and beverage processing, manufacturing and construction are sectors that are especially prone to violations and corruption. However, businesses are in a unique position to help eradicate human rights violations by implementing sustainability collaborative platforms.

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Australia Starts Tackling Modern Slavery

Australia Starts Tackling Modern Slavery | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
A new law in Australia requires companies of a certain size operating in Australia to publicly state the steps they are taking to keep their supply chains free from the worst forms of modern-day slavery. The law, which went into effect on January 1st, is aimed at ending child and forced labor as well as human trafficking.
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Hong Kong lawmaker vows fresh push for UK-style anti-slavery law

Hong Kong lawmaker vows fresh push for UK-style anti-slavery law | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A Hong Kong lawmaker vowed on Wednesday to launch a renewed push for an anti-slavery law, warning that there was "no room" for delay as thousands of victims are trapped in the city. There is little support within the Hong Kong government for a new slavery law but lawmaker Dennis Kwok said he had been lobbying international groups, including the United Nations, to put pressure on city officials.

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Some 10,000 people are living in modern slavery in Hong Kong, according to the Global Slavery Index 2018 by the charity Walk Free Foundation.
Human trafficking, essentially modern slavery, happens all around the world, even in developed countries such as the United States, and poses risks to companies across all industries. At the same time, however, businesses are in a unique position to help eradicate human rights violations, improve millions of lives globally and protect their operations by implementing sustainability collaborative platforms.
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Unilever discloses tea suppliers amid consumer pressure

Unilever discloses tea suppliers amid consumer pressure | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Unilever published a list of tea plantations supplying to its brands including Lipton, PG Tips and Tazo, according to a press release from Freedom United, an advocacy group seeking to end human trafficking. "As a next step in our journey to become more transparent, we are happy to share this information with all of you who drink and love our tea," Unilever said.

EcoVadis's insight:

Human trafficking, essentially modern slavery, happens all around the world, even in developed countries such as the United States, and poses risks to companies across all industries. At the same time, however, businesses are in a unique position to help eradicate human rights violations, improve millions of lives globally and protect their operations by implementing sustainability collaborative platforms.

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Tradeshift partners with FRDM to address slavery in the supply chain through global app platform

Tradeshift partners with FRDM to address slavery in the supply chain through global app platform | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A leader in global supply chain payments and marketplaces has partnered with a technology solutions provider to better highlight and mitigate the challenges of human trafficking in the supply chain. Tradeshift has announced this week that it has partnered with FRDM (formerly Made in a Free World) to collaborate on the FRDM application, helping businesses all over the world proactively create an early detection of supply chain risk in human trafficking. Leveraging Tradeshift’s platform, FRDM brings together spend and supply chain data and analyses risks and compliance to allow users to better trace and monitor every stage of their supply chain ecosystems.  FRDM combines global trade flow data with supplier and purchase level details to provide enterprises with multi-tiered visibility.

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Fast fashion hurts workers and the environment, British lawmakers told

Fast fashion hurts workers and the environment, British lawmakers told | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Britain should pressurise fashion brands to design clothes that pollute less and are easier to recycle to reduce fast fashion's environmental impact, experts told lawmakers on Tuesday. Demand for cheap garments is also leading to poor working conditions and exploitation in global supply chains, the Environmental Audit Committee was told at the first hearing of its inquiry into the sustainability of the fashion industry. 

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Human trafficking, essentially modern slavery, happens all around the world, even in developed countries and poses risks to companies across all industries. At the same time, however, businesses are in a unique position to help eradicate human rights violations, improve millions of lives globally and protect their operations by implementing sustainability collaborative platforms.

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