News on forced labour

August 2008

  1. Handout of publications

    01 August 2008

    Updated list of all the publications of the ILO Special Action Programme against Forced Labour

July 2008

  1. CNN awards ILO TV with "Best Business Report 2008"

    11 July 2008

    The ILO TV story "Child Trafficking in Burkina Faso" has won the 2008 CNN World Report Award for "Best Business Report". Selected from over 70 nominations from more than 40 contributors, the report highlights ILO efforts to prevent children from being trafficked in Burkina Faso.

June 2008

  1. New leaflet "Strengthening Employers’ Activities against Forced Labour"

    27 June 2008

    Employers’ organisations and business have a central role to play in combating, preventing and eradicating all forms of forced or compulsory labour. Employers’ organisations, in particular, are strategically well-laced to provide institutional engagement and sustainability for programmes that address this abuse. Business involvement is key to the success of the ILO’s campaign to rid the world of forced labour and human trafficking by 2015.

  2. Addressing Forced Labour: The Role of Employers' Organisations and Business

    The conference will discuss why forced labour is an issue for employers and business and what role employer organisations should play to support the efforts of business in combating forced labour at national and international levels.

  3. ILC coverage: After the Cyclone - the ILO's work in Myanmar

    09 June 2008

    In the immediate aftermath of Cyclone Nargis hitting Myanmar the focus was inevitably on humantarian relief and the aid operation. Now attention is shifting to the longer term, and issues such as whether the next rice harvest can be saved and food shortages averted, and what measures need to be taken to stop forced labour being used in reconstruction work. The prevention of forced labour is at the heart of the ILO's mandate in Myanmar. The ILO's Liaison Officer for Myanmar, Steve Marshall, has been in Geenva, reporting to the International Labour Conference on the situation. As he prepares to return to Yangon, Sophy Fisher asked him what he thought the longer term effects of the cyclone disaster would be, in terms of the ILO's work.

  4. ILO Brazil Combating Forced Labour Campaign wins important Publicity Prize

    02 June 2008

    In 2007, a publicity piece of art – a magazine centerfold – was created by the agency AlmapBBDO for ILO’s Project Combating Forced Labour in Brazil. The piece won one Advertising Award “Abril”, 2008 edition, in the category "Creation in Review – Reader’s Opinion".

May 2008

  1. Regional Workshop on Labour inspection and Forced Labour in Latin America

    This technical workshop will gather about 50 persons linked to labour inspection and forced labour from 12 Latin American countries

  2. Forced labour in Brazil: 120 years after the abolition of slavery, the fight goes on

    13 May 2008

    On May 13th 1888, Brazil became the last nation in the Western Hemisphere to formally abolish slavery. One-hundred and twenty years later, it is estimated that 25,000 to 40,000 workers are still victims of conditions analogous to slavery in this South American country. The problem is particularly serious in the northern agricultural states, where widespread poverty and the vast distances make it very difficult to detect violations. However, with the guidance of the ILO and the help of employers, the Brazilian government is gradually turning the situation around. ILO Online reports from Brazil.

  3. Eradicating Forced Labour: The International Business Challenge by Roger Plant, London, 1 May 2008

    01 May 2008

    Presentation to the Conference "Is there Forced Labour and Slavery in your Supply Chain?", Clifford Chance, London, 1 May 2008

April 2008

  1. Engaging Business: Addressing Forced Labour

    On 20 February 2008, the Coca-Cola Company hosted a conference on “Engaging Business: Addressing Forced Labour” at its headquarters in Atlanta. The meeting was sponsored by the U.S. Council for International Business, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the International Organization of Employers, in Cooperation with the International Labour Organization. It brought together 80 representatives from employers’ organizations and individual companies, officials from the US Departments of Labor and State, civil society organisations and the ILO to share experiences and knowledge on combating forced labour.