Elimination of Forced Labor

The Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch (FUNDAMENTALS) was established in 2013, bringing together the International Program on the Elimination of Child Labor (IPEC) and the Department for the Promotion of the Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (DECLARATION). FUNDAMENTALS mission is to support member States to fulfill their obligations to respect, to promote and to realize the fundamental principles and rights at work by facilitating the strengthening of relevant legislation and institutions, in particular government authorities, and employers’ and workers’ organizations.

FUNDAMENTALS has developed an integrated, rights-based strategy which focuses on three thematic priorities:
  • Promoting  fundamental  principles  and  rights  at  work  in  the  rural  and  informal economies.
  • Promoting  compliance  with  fundamental  principles  and  rights  at  work  in  enterprises and in global supply chains.
  • Promoting fundamental principles and rights at work in countries of crisis and in fragile situations.
Under Alliance 8.7 of the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the ILO  will contribute to the commitment to: “Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labor, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labor, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labor in all its forms”.

The Washington Office is working to help raise awareness in the US on the ILO’s concerted and focused action to eliminate forced labor. The Office office has also been working with various agencies, nongovernmental organizations and faith-based institutions to find out how to be more effective in the fight against modern slavery.

UN Security Council

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    ILO addresses the UN Security Council Debate on Human Trafficking, Modern Slavery, Forced Labor in Conflict Situations

    March 16, 2017

    Member States emphasized the need to stamp out criminal networks and terrorist groups involved in human trafficking.

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    Senator Bob Corker - United States Senator

    Corker: Bill to Launch End Modern Slavery Initiative to Become Law

    December 8, 2016

    The National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 (NDAA) overwhelmingly passed the Senate today and includes authorizing legislation for the End Modern Slavery Initiative. The initiative will help establish a powerful effort in concert with the private sector and foreign governments to eliminate modern slavery and human trafficking around the globe. NDAA will now be sent to the president’s desk to be signed into law.