The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Dame Sara Thornton and the CEO of the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, Alex Their, appeal to the G7 to condemn forced labour in global supply chains, in a recent article in The Times Red Box section. 

The article sets out a series of actions that the G7 leaders ought to undertake in order to solve the global issue of forced labour. The steps are summarised as follows: 

  1. Agree on a goal to eliminate forced labour, for instance in G7 supply chains by 2025, and worldwide by 2030; 
  2. Agree on steps to harmonise their laws and standards – allowing companies to have clear, common reporting requirements and unified standards for oversight bodies; 
  3. Invest in countries trying to do the right thing – increasing law enforcement, rooting out corruption, providing support to survivors, and preventing the vulnerability and lack of information that leads people to be susceptible to human trafficking; 
  4. Come together to ban all state-controlled forced labour, such as China today.  

The article emphasises that any commitments must be specific and measurable.  

The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and the CEO of the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, call on the G7 to stand up and say that they will no longer tolerate forced labour in goods and services that reach their countries, and that they will redouble their efforts to make sure this is enforced. 

To read the full article by the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and CEO of the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, please see here.