UN.GIFT Guide - Human Trafficking and Business: Good practices to prevent and combat human trafficking

Guide published by the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking, with the collaboration of the UNODC, ILO, IOM, UNGC, as well as the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), Manpower, Apparel Export Promotion Council, The Code, The Body Shop International and ECPAT International.

This brochure presents an overview and introduction to human trafficking and the role that business can play in addressing it. It explains in practical terms what human trafficking is, why it is an issue for business and what companies large and small can do to take action against it.
Human trafficking is not currently well integrated into the Corporate Responsibility (CR) programmes of most brands, companies and business associations. Although this is now beginning to change, for example with the engagement of pioneering employers like those highlighted in this publication, for many this change has been slow. Employers and business have an opportunity to play a pivotal role in the fight against human trafficking. They are well placed to provide effective and sustained action in the community, at the workplace and in the global economy. Business engagement, alongside that of key stakeholders such as public policy actors and civil society, is essential in the global fight to rid the world of this modern scourge.
This brochure is divided into two parts: (1) a section that presents an overview of the key issues linking human trafficking and business; and (2) a series of case studies that highlight the practical actions companies are taking to fight this abuse.