The Best Practices to Combat Human Trafficking Event
On January 24, 2019, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce held an event Best Practices to Combat Human Trafficking. The event emphasized how the public- and private-sectors have joined forces to eradicate human trafficking—one of the most widespread forms of international crime.
To raise prevention and awareness, Nicole “Nikki” Clifton, vice president of global public affairs at UPS, and Mimi Braniff, managing director of government affairs at Delta Air Lines, spoke on behalf of the transportation and logistics industry.
Both speakers highlighted the partnerships that their companies have undertaken to combat trafficking:
- UPS teamed up with Truckers Against Trafficking to train drivers to spot signs of sex trafficking.
- Delta collaborated with DHS’ Blue Lightning Initiative to train its employees to identify signs of human trafficking. In conjunction with Polaris, Delta produced a video that is available through the in-flight entertainment system, demonstrating how passengers can alert authorities if they see coercive behavior.
Anesa “Nes” Parker, senior manager at Deloitte Consulting, talked about the firm’s pro bono work with non-governmental organizations, including collaborations with Free the Slaves, FAIR Girls, and the Global Fund to End Slavery.
Ryan Burns, manager of federal government affairs at Walmart, elaborated on strategies to recognize and prevent trafficking in supply chains. For example, Walmart has formed the Seafood Task Force to tackle the problem of illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing in the farmed shrimp supply chain in Thailand.
Further, representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs discussed the report Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor, as well as the Sweat & Toil and ILAB Comply Chain mobile applications.
In conjunction with government efforts, these firms, among others, are essential partners in fighting this heinous crime.
During the event, the Chamber unveiled a best practices document for supply chain managers, developed in partnership with the A21 Campaign. Through this toolkit, the Chamber is asking others to join us in the fight to stop human trafficking.
It’s not just good business practice, but it’s the right thing to do.