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Introducing the RESPECT Initiative the Responsible and Ethical Private Sector Coalition against Trafficking

Jointly established by the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime, Babson College’s Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), RESPECT aims to serve as the platform and knowledge hub that brings together and facilitates active engagement between the private sector and all other stakeholders in the fight against forced labour and human trafficking.

Understanding the Needs of the Private Sector

Information Needs

Companies’ most important needs are information about industry best practices (79%), data & statistics (64%), information about international standards (57%) and national legislation (52%)

Question: Please indicate your most important needs regarding information about human trafficking and forced labour.
Far right image: Legislation by Nick Youngson, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Technical and/or Guidance Materials

The four most sought types of technical/guidance materials are:

  • Guidance for regional area(s) where companies operate, including region-specific political dynamics and socio- economic challenges that may be impacting human trafficking risk and the methods that can be implemented to tackle it (57%)
  • A comprehensive toolkit on how to prevent and combat human trafficking, including standard policies and measures companies may put in place in order to meet international standards (55%)
  • Training materials (e-learning tool, app) to educate employees from relevant departments (marketing, HR, compliance, CR) on the risk of human trafficking/ forced labour and how to mitigate risks (52%)
  • Guidance on how to avoid purchasing practices that increase the risk of human trafficking and forced labour in the supply chain (e.g. short-term contracts, excessive downward pressure on pricing, sudden changes of workload) (50%)
Question: What technical material and/ or guidance would assist you in helping prevent and/ or combat human trafficking in your supply chain?

The Responsible and Ethical Private Sector Coalition Against Trafficking Initiative

RESPECT is an online Knowledge Portal that:

  • Brings together RESOURCES
  • Highlights EXPERTISE
  • Shares GOOD PRACTICES
  • Builds NETWORKS of the COMMITTED

Webinar Series 2018

Transnational organised crime groups make exceptionally thorough use of private sector networks to commit, harbour, launder and facilitate crime. Human trafficking is a significant issue in consumer markets and very often aligned with other forms of organised crime, such as money laundering, environmental crime, smuggling of counterfeit goods and drug trafficking.

Become a RESPECT Global Business Ambassador

Corporate Sponsorship of the RESPECT Portal

  • Commission RESEARCH
  • Access EXPERTISE
  • Build PARTNERSHIPS
Far right image: Benefits by Nick Youngson, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Education and Networking

  • Webinars and other methods of education on human trafficking in global supply chains.
  • A peer exchange platform to share knowledge, good practices, and existing strategies for countering human trafficking in supply chains.
  • Published industry-specific case studies for use by a wide audience.
  • Interaction among leading businesses that play prominent roles in global business supply chain management, including opportunities of cross-industry exchanges.

Marketing and Corporate Responsibility

  • Direct links to the public sector, international organisations, academia, and field experts.
  • Dedicated capacity building support.
  • Recognition in all webinars, published papers, presentations, and convenings.
  • The opportunity to engage employees and provide in-kind resources to RESPECT.
  • Social media attention on the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime, Babson College and IOM pages.

Financial Support for targeted RESPECT Activities

RESPECT Knowledge Hub

As one of the first private sector Resource libraries for material addressing human trafficking and forced labour, the RESPECT Hub comprises all compiled documents, webinars, videos, interviews, events, reports, blogs, conference-streaming, conference reports, etc.

RESPECT Knowledge Hub

RESPECT Webinar Series 2018

The series will include six webinars, approached from different angles which would then provide a holistic, deep dive into the nature of the problem, its manifestations, and effective solutions for the private sector to engage in the fight against human trafficking.

RESPECT Compendium of Good Practices

This series of case studies will highlight the practical actions companies are taking to address the risk of human trafficking and forced labour in international supply chains and how to measure impact and conduct targeted monitoring and evaluation.

RESPECT Handbook

A comprehensive toolkit on how companies can meet international standards and comply with national legislation.

Image: Compliance by Nick Youngson, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

RESPECT Guidance and Mapping of Regional Cases

For the regional area(s) where companies operate, including region-specific political dynamics and socio-economic challenges that may be impacting human trafficking risks and the methods that can be implemented to tackle it.

RESPECT Training App

to educate employees from relevant departments (marketing, HR, compliance, CR) on the risks of human trafficking/ forced labour and how to mitigate risks.

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