By Phoebe Ewen

Ensuring that operations are free from modern slavery is a core area of focus for manufacturing and retail companies, which often have expansive global supply chains and many internal departments with thousands of staff. Modern slavery itself is a complex issue, and requires the skills, resources, and expertise of multiple people within any organisation to address.

The reality is, organisations differ and there is no one-size-fits-all model to structure a company’s modern slavery responses. …

By Alanna Taylor & Neil Giles

The business of trafficking is an errant economy, entwined with the legitimate. For many organisations today modern slavery and human trafficking poses an exponential risk. With trafficking in persons generating an estimated $230 billion annual revenue, every financial transaction for goods and services that is tainted by trafficking is the ‘proceeds of crime’ and therefore is money laundering.

In 2006, having spent over 30 years in law enforcement, gaining experience investigating organised crime and in particular drug trafficking, I was especially nonplussed when I came across a small NGO talking about the problem of…

By Matthew Friedman

Impact of COVID-19

During the COVID-19 crisis, the Mekong Club reached out to community-based organisations (CBOs) and non-government organisations (NGOs) across Asia to better understand what was happening with workers on the ground. Many of these groups have implemented programs aimed at fighting modern slavery such as responsible recruitment, safe migration, worker rights, training, and worker grievance reporting.

They said…

Many families now have problems getting their livelihoods.

The biggest problem we are seeing is debt. With no way to pay it back, family members are taken away.

The number of modern slavery cases increased within the communities that we…

by Phoebe Ewen

Children make up around 25% of victims of modern day slavery, with millions of children being forced to work in global supply chains each day. Combatting forced and child labour is a key priority area for many companies, who make public commitments to a zero-tolerance approach and point to programmes to eradicate child labour across their supply chains.

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However, as with much terminology in the modern slavery space there are conflicting perceptions of what constitutes exploitation of children and subsequent challenges posed in implementing child labour policies globally. For example, there are different ways to classify the…

To promote “Safe Living in Dormitories”, these videos inform employers and workers (particularly migrant workers) on steps that can be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (and other viruses), keep common areas safe and ensure the well-being of dormitory residents, as well as provide info on what to do if they experience symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone with symptoms.. Resources for residents who wish to seek mental health support and/or receive latest updates about COVID-19 are also included.

Learn how to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in migrant worker dormintories.
Learn how to react if there are cases of Covid-19 in migrant worker dormitories.

Additional Languages Are Available:

Prevention Video: Thai/ Burmese/ Khmer

Reaction Video: Thai/ Burmese/ Khmer

By Mekong Club

“We know that great things can be accomplished when people are drawn together by a common vision”

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The Mekong Club, Research and Communications Group (RCG) and Ashbury Communications have written a new, groundbreaking strategic paper that challenges the private sector to eliminate forced labour from its supply chains by 2030 — and sets out a viable roadmap for realizing this goal without a negative effect on companies’ profitability.

“We know that great things can be accomplished when people are drawn together by a common vision,” said Matt Friedman, CEO of the Mekong Club. “Like the U.S. space…

By Nolan Clack

Over the past year, the topic of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) in both the business and investment world has been a hot topic. While many might believe ESG falls considerably on investments; however, ESG undoubtedly falls under every component within an organization’s value chain. With more and more pressure from the public, governments and non-government organizations to publicly report on sustainability efforts, it has never been a better opportunity for brands to take initiative to develop sustainability strategies as part of your competitive advantage.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Untapped Customers

Millennials and Gen Z consumers have been the biggest contributors…

By Phoebe Ewen

From searching for work to speaking with recruiters and eventually signing a contract, most people experience a recruitment journey in order to secure a job. For some this process is relatively straightforward if somewhat laborious, for others it can be a process so mired in fraud and exploitation that they risk becoming trapped in a situation of modern slavery. This risk of exploitation is especially true for migrant workers within supply chains, where many thousands of workers seek low-paid jobs in factories to produce clothes, food, and electronics. ‘Responsible recruitment’ is frequently touted as the way forward…

By Rosie Chawla

Sex Trafficking

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The International Labor Organization estimates there are 40 million modern slavery victims around the world, with sex trafficking making up approximately 25% of this figure. As complex as this issue is, it also one of the world’s pressing issues. Many are shocked to learn that sex trafficking could be occurring in their own country, town, or city. It could be happening right in front of us. Women make up the most considerable portion of victims and women are also reported in some cases as perpetrators or helpers in trafficking other women into forced sex work. According to…

By Phoebe Ewen

Social auditing is one of the fundamental ways in which the private sector monitor their supply chains for potential labour exploitation and abuse. Frequent audits allow for a trained professional to visit a factory to check the working conditions. Auditors speak to workers and managers about any grievances or concerns that they may have, interviewing them as part of a wider audit process. …

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