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Combating Forced Labor in Global Supply Chains: A Multi-Industry Forum

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Date and Time

Tuesday April 5, 2016
8:30 am-5:30 pm MYT


Location

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Topics

#Human Rights


According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), approximately 21 million people worldwide are working in situations of forced labor. Exploited through force, fraud, debt bondage, or other coercion, this modern-day slavery can be found in all economic sectors and all geographic locations, including the supply chains of international brands.

The Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) along with partners such as the International Organization for Migration (IOM), BSR, and the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) are convening a one-day forum to examine the risks and challenges facing businesses regarding forced labor, and consider how those risks might be effectively mitigated in global supply chains. Through a series of practical and relevant case studies presented by leading companies across a variety of industry sectors, this event will give participants clear insights into the extent and nature of modern-day slavery, tactics and challenges in identification, and some of the innovative solutions that aim to eliminate it.

Forced labor is a multi-industry challenge that has affected companies across sectors and industries. In response to this challenge, companies have deployed innovative techniques and best practices. While the Forum will have a multi-sector and international scope, it will take place in Kuala Lumpur, as Malaysia is a production hub for electronics and other commodities. A key theme will be the risks and vulnerabilities of migrant workers during both recruitment in their home countries and employment in the workplace.

This business-focused forum will:

  • Present a comprehensive overview of forced labor in multi-national supply chains.
  • Examine case studies demonstrating effective corporate action.
  • Highlight the importance of effectively managing the recruitment and employment of migrant workers.
  • Explore the need for multi-stakeholder approaches that involves not only industry but also government and civil society. 

BSR Vice President for Asia-Pacific Jeremy Prepscius will be among the speakers. View the draft agenda here

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