Men carrying heavy bags of cocoa pods
Men bringing cocoa pods to collection area, near Divo, Côte d’Ivoire.

EU action on slavery in supply chains

A call for pan-European action to tackle forced labour and child labour in global supply chains

This briefing for European policy makers outlines the increased risk of forced and child labour, in global supply chains of goods and services. It argues that extant national and EU law and policies are insufficient to eradicate slavery in supply chains, since they cover only specific sectors (such as conflict minerals or timber) or generic transparency requirements. Anti-Slavery International calls for a systematic, pan-European approach to tackling forced and child labour in global supply chains that includes binding due diligence, requiring businesses to proactively tackle human rights abuses throughout their supply chains.

 

Slavery on the high street

Slavery on the high street. Forced labour in the manufacture of garments for international brands.
New report from Anti-Slavery International exposes how top UK high street brands are selling clothing made by girls in slavery in southern India. Our research has uncovered the routine use of forced labour of girls and young women in the spinning mills and garment factories of five Indian clothing manufacturers that supply major western clothing retail brands.
Anti-Slavery International 2012

Slavery on the high street

 

Ending Child Trafficking in West Africa

Ending Child Trafficking in West Africa: Lessons from the Ivorian cocoa sector
This report finds that trafficking of children to cocoa farms in Côte d’Ivoire still occurs. The research found significant numbers of young people in Mali and Burkina Faso who had worked as children in cocoa farms in Côte d’Ivoire in the last five years. The practices occur in the context of large-scale movements of people within the region including the trafficking of children to other  agricultural activities and to other sectors.
Paul Robson
Anti-Slavery International 2010

Ending Child Trafficking in West Africa