The Responsible Business Summit 2013

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Anti-trafficking measures go federal

While the US government is targeting human trafficking, companies must take ultimate responsibility for their supply chains

Officially zero-tolerant on people trafficking

A new executive order from the US president, Barack Obama, requires all US government contractors and subcontractors to ensure they do not engage directly or indirectly in forced labour. The measures mirror laws passed in California two years ago with the purpose to “provide consumers with information regarding efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their supply chains”.

“Our fight against human trafficking is one of the great human rights causes of our time,” Obama said, announcing the order shortly before his re-election. More than 20 million people around the world are ensnared in trafficking, according to the White House.

The executive order reinforces an existing zero-tolerance policy on trafficking in government contracting and requires compliance measures for overseas contracts and subcontracts of more than $500,000. These include an employee awareness programme, a process to report violations without retaliation, and recruitment and housing plans.

Obama has pledged more training and...

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