Our letter to the G7 Trade Ministers: Fulfilling commitments to ending forced labour
We are writing to provide recommendations for how the G7 can build upon the commitments it made in Cornwall, 2021, to address forced labour in global supply chains and in the digital economy. We were pleased to see forced labour highlighted in the Carbis Bay G7 Communiqué as an important issue warranting collective action by G7 countries.
Forced labour is pervasive across industries and supply chains, and can be found across the globe. There are an estimated 25 million people in the world being exploited in forced labour and human trafficking, and evidence suggests this number could be growing as a result of a number of global challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic. Egregious examples of state-sponsored forced labour and horrific human rights abuses within China have been well documented. Traffickers make an estimated $150 billion from this crime, which also is linked to corruption, environmental degradation, discrimination, instability and dangerous, unregulated migration.
As Trade Ministers, you were tasked in the Carbis Bay G7 Communiqué to “identify areas for strengthened cooperation and collective efforts towards eradicating the use of all forms of forced labour in global supply chains.” Below are five specific recommendations of efforts and commitments G7 countries could make to advance efforts to eliminate forced labour and human trafficking from global supply chains.
“Eradicating the use of all forms of forced labour in global supply chains,” will be a significant undertaking, and we believe these five provisions, if implemented, would enable serious progress. It is also important to highlight that while forced labour within global supply chains is a significant issue, it is one part of the larger issues of human trafficking and modern slavery. We strongly encourage you to advocate within your respective governments for all ministries – including trade, development and labour ministries – to play an active role in fighting modern slavery within their respective purviews.
The G7 can play a critical role on these important issues, and we look forward to working with each of you to realize the goal of ending forced labour. To that end, we’d like to request a meeting to discuss these suggestions and other commitments you may be planning in detail.
Senior Director, Combatting Human Trafficking, the McCain Institute for International Leadership at ASU
Ambassador (ret.) Luis C.deBaca
Senior Fellow in Modern Slavery, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Yale University
Executive Director, Solidarity Center
President, Australian Uyghur Tangritagh Women’s Assocation
Campaign Manager, Fair World Project
Executive Officer, ACRATH
Catherine R. Chen
Executive Director, Survivor Alliance
CEO, Max Havelaar, France
Luke de Pulford
Director of Business Communications, Uyhgur American Association
Committee Member, International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China
Executive Director, Freedom United
CEO, The Freedom Fund
CEO, Justice and Care
Executive Director, International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China
Peter Hugh Smith
Chief Executive, CCLA Investment Management
President and Co-Founder, Action against Child Exploitation
Co-Director, Be Slavery Free
Acting CEO, Baptist World Aid Australia
Senator Julie Miville-Dechêne
Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group to End Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking; Senate of Canad
Coordinator, Josephite Counter Trafficking Project
Dr. Nyagoy Nyong
CEO, Fairtrade Global
Jasmine O’Connor OBE
CEO, Anti-Slavery International
Chair, International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China
Managing Director, Forced labour & Human Trafficking, Humanity United Action
Deputy Secretary General, Human Rights Now
CEO & Founder, Bluenumber, Inc
CEO, GoodWeave International
Group Principal, Nexus Lawyers
CEO, Global Fund to End Modern Slavery
CEO, Shareholder Association for Research & Education
President, The Human Trafficking Legal Center
Andrew Wallis OBE
Executive Director, Free the Slaves
President, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights
Senior Lecturer, University of New South Wales
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