Walk Free calls for G20 action plan on modern slavery in global supply chains

MENDOZA, ARGENTINA, 5 September 2018 — G20 member states must form concrete action plans to eradicate modern slavery, according to a new Walk Free Foundation report.

Launched today in Mendoza on the eve of the G20 Employment Ministers Meeting, ‘The G20 Obligation: Achieving Sustainable, Fair, and Inclusive Global Supply Chains’ report calls on the G20 to turn commitments into action.

The G20 member states account for about 80 percent of worldwide trade, giving them a unique capability to tackle the economic drivers of the exploitation of millions of people.

While G20 countries have taken some steps to address these issues, without a concrete action plan, the existing policies and statements member states have made will not reduce the prevalence of forced and child labour.

To create lasting, positive change, the G20 must directly engage business, unions and civil society to harness their skills and resources in a concerted initiative.

“Following numerous high-level national commitments, it is overdue for all G20 countries to turn their policies into action,” Walk Free Foundation CEO Jenn Morris said.

“Walk Free’s analysis has identified that G20 countries are collectively importing more than $US354 billion a year of five product groups at-risk of modern slavery —electronics, garments, fish, cocoa and sugarcane.

“The G20 has a collective responsibility to lead global action to create sustainable and fair supply chains. Every country must accept that slavery is our problem to remedy, and that we can end it.”


Walk Free’s Nine Key Recommendations for the G20:

1 / Implement transparency in global business supply chains

2 / Enhance public procurement standards to ensure sustainable, fair, and inclusive public supply chains

3 / Utilise import regulations and trade agreements to prevent the import of goods made by forced labour

4 / Require ethical recruitment practices

5 / Ratify relevant international conventions and strengthen domestic legal frameworks

6 / Develop national action plans to promote non-exploitative working standards

7 / Establish a joint G20, L20, and B20 Strategy Group to support the SDG 8.7 Target

8 / Provide regional leadership

9 / Drive data collection, research and innovation


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