The stark link between big business and human trafficking was hard to ignore this week in the Guardian report of ‘trafficked and beaten’ workers collecting chickens for Freedom foods.
In a joint operation between Kent police, the GLA and the Serious Organised Crime Agency 30 Lithuanian workers were liberated from a gangmaster company in Kent. The workers are said to have worked up to 17 hours per a shift, sleeping for days at a time in vans, and some weeks no paid at all. The gangmasters company provided eggs and chickens as part of a chain that supplied household names including McDonald’s, Tesco, Asda and M&S to name a few.
So what can big companies do to mitigate the business risks of trafficking in their supply chain?
Finance Against Trafficking, a project of STOP THE TRAFFIK brings together players from the business and finance sector to address this question and find some real workable solutions. Join us on Wednesday 28th November for the Finance Against Trafficking Conference.