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-placed 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. Key steps have already been taken by business and employers’ organisations to join the fight against forced labour. But more needs to be done, and action can be taken on a number of fronts. This alliance will raise awareness and build capacity for employers by developing tools and guidance materials tailored to their specific needs.