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Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery:

UN Office on Drugs and Crime:


UN Global Compact:

End Human Trafficking Now:

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group:


Public-private partnerships for decent work: The ILO works with individual companies and foundations to tackle important global labour market issues; to support sustainable enterprises and entrepreneurs; to enhance value in supply chains; to promote social protection; and to resolve specific problems in the world of work.

Investor Guide for Effective Supply Chain Accountability: With The California Transparency in Supply Chain Act , or SB 657, just weeks from becoming law,the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), Christian Brothers Investments Services (CBIS), and Calvert Investments have published a corporate guide to ensure effective compliance with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act: " Effective Supply Chain Accountability: Investor Guidance on Implementation of The California Transparency in Supply Chains Law and Beyond".

ILO Background Paper 'FIGHTING HUMAN TRAFFICKING: THE FORCED LABOUR DIMENSIONS': This background paper provides background information on the issues of the ILO’s primary concern, with a particular focus on trafficking for forced labour exploitation, and raises questions for further discussion. It begins by discussing the concept of forced labour and assessing the current state of knowledge. This is followed by a discussion of demand factors, supply chain management issues and recruitment systems. A final section discusses concrete measures that can now be taken to prevent and identify forced labour, particularly by employers and workers in cooperation with other national and international partners.

UN.GIFT Guide - Human Trafficking and Business: Good practices to prevent and combat human trafficking: Guide published by the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking, with the collaboration of the UNODC, ILO, IOM, UNGC, as well as the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), Manpower, Apparel Export Promotion Council, The Code, The Body Shop International and ECPAT International.

E-Learning tool training handbook: The United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) and the End Human Trafficking Now! Campaign (EHTN!) have developed an eLearning course which is a modular training programme for business leaders, managers and employees of business companies.

Analysing the Business Model of Trafficking in Human Beings: This study was implemented as part of the UN.GIFT Expert Group Initiative, as it seeks to produce guidance toward both short- and long-term results that will contribute to more effective prevention of human trafficking. More information about human trafficking on the website of OSCE.

AN ETHICAL FRAMEWORK FOR CROSSBORDER LABOR RECRUITMENT: Offers standards are aligned with principles and recommendations developed by leading global organizations, governments, businesses, labor, civil society and other stakeholder coalitions. They are designed to protect against specific patterns of worker vulnerability and abuse in the current cross-border recruitment marketplace, including recruitment debt, contract fraud, exploitative host country conditions, and lack of legal and financial remedies for migrants.

Full Package Approach to Labour Codes of Conduct: In this guide the Clean Clothes Campaign offers guidelines on what companies can do to better assess, implement, and verify compliance with labour standards in their supply chains, and eliminate abuses where and when they arise. The exploitation and abuses of workers in international supply chains prevalent in many industries are a consequence of both the failure of governments to protect their citizens’ labour rights and the extent to which business organisations avoid their respective responsibilities toward their employees.

Athens Ethical Principles: Developed in 2006 during an international conference on human trafficking. In attendance at the conference were CEOs from the private sector, representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international organizations, and governments; and individuals to share their expertise and develop measures to counter human trafficking. The attendees of the conference put together 7guiding ethical principles for businesses to address and mitigate human trafficking:

The Luxor Protocol – guidelines for comprehensive corporate strategy on implementation of the Athens Ethical Principles.

The Business Leader’s Award to Fight Human Trafficking – a first ever award to honor a business executive for his/her energy and commitment in tackling human trafficking. The award seeks to encourage the multiplicity of business approaches – recognizing the different dimensions of human trafficking – and to spread good business practices worldwide.

The Case Studies on business and human trafficking – provide detailed examples of how businesses in different industries are attempting to implement policies which promote corporate social responsibility and curb human trafficking. They suggest good practices and articulate lessons learnt so that these can be replicated by other businesses. Completed case studies are available on the UN Global Compact website:

Working Lives - documentaries on good business practices to tackle human trafficking and labor exploitation, developed by EHTN, Moonbeam Films and Linx Productions, and broadcasted on BBC World:


Private businesses have become actively and effectively engaged in addressing and combating human trafficking as the anti-trafficking movement has grown. Due to the complexity of the crime of human trafficking, the role of the private sector has become increasingly vital. In order to create effective strategies to combat this human rights challenge, it is critical to combine the knowledge, experience, and skills of the private sector with public-sector organizations.

As part of their online conference series, the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation are joined by the UN Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) and the UN Global Compact in hosting a Web-based conference: “Best Practices to Combat Human Trafficking: Public/Private Partnerships.”

Bringing together a panel of experts from business, academia, policy, and nongovernmental organizations, the conference was an opportunity to share their perspectives on best practices to combat trafficking through public-private partnerships. Panelists represented partners from both sides (public and private) committed to ending human trafficking. Each panelist made a brief presentation about their work in the field; following the panel presentations was a moderated Question and Answer discussion.


  • Claudia Arthur-Flatz, External Relations Officer and Private Sector Focal Point, Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs, UN Office on Drugs and Crime
  • Ivana Machonova Schellongova, Senior Programme Manager, End Human Trafficking Now
  • Brenda Schultz, Director, Responsible Business, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
  • Karen Olcott, Principal, Partnerships for Global Impact

Moderator: Shawn MacDonald, Ph.D., Director of Programs and Research, Verité.

This Webinar was cosponsored by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.