Human trafficking is one of the main profit-generating activities for organised criminals in Europe and the revenue generated is often laundered through the financial system. Understanding the complexities of human trafficking is vital to both SDG 8.7 to take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and SDG 16.4 to significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets and combat all forms of organized crime.
The UK's Modern Slavery Act 2015 aims to make businesses accountable for forced labour in their supply chains: large organisations with a presence in the UK are required to produce an annual ‘slavery and human trafficking statement’ detailing the action they have taken. A report from Ergon Associates shows that the majority of statements already submitted are lacking in key information and meaningful action. The Act directly addresses SDG 8.7 to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking by 2025.
The LexisNexis Human Trafficking Awareness Index™ highlights emerging trends and patterns of awareness within and across national borders. The Index uses the respected Nexis® service to track and analyse the volume of articles related to human trafficking. These insights assist activists working to combat human trafficking and contribute to the advancement of SDG target 8.7 to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking by 2025.
The UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires organisations to produce an annual slavery and human trafficking statement. This video explains the requirements on you if you carry out any part of your business in the UK and turnover more than £36M globally. This directly aligns with SDG 8.7 to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and SDG 16.3 to promote the rule of law and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all.
Amnesty International’s recent report on child labour in supply chains reported children as young as seven working in cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Cobalt is used in mobile phone batteries and Amnesty accuses several global electronics brands of failing to do basic supply chain checks. Raising awareness of child labour issues can help in advancing SDG target 8.7 to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking by 2025.
Identifying and developing future leaders brings benefits to company performance
For the chemical industry, designing and delivering an effective leadership development programme can encourage gender diversity and improve talent retention. This is important for advancing SDG 8.5 to achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value.
In March 2015 the Modern Slavery Act became law and its effect on UK businesses will be significant. The first of its kind in Europe, and one of the first in the world, the Act specifically addresses slavery and human trafficking in the 21st century, and is one of the most important pieces of legislation for supply chain due diligence. The Act will directly contribute to advancing the SDG target 8.7 to eradicate forced labour, end modern salvery and human trafficking by 2025.
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Business Insight Solutions and STOP THE TRAFFIK, December 2015

Three billion cups of tea are drunk each day; it's the world's second most popular drink after water. Yet tea workers are often targeted by human traffickers and coerced into forced labour, domestic servitude and in some cases the sex industry. This report looks at the tea industry in Kenya, Sri Lanka and India to highlight supply chain issues and working conditions, to contribute to the advancement of SDG target 8.7 to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking by 2025.
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Business Insight Solutions and STOP THE TRAFFIK, October 2014

The Dressed to Kill Report is based on LexisNexis' Human Trafficking Awareness Index and highlights the risk and prevalence of human trafficking in the cotton supply chain globally. The report offers guidance on how to take actions to eliminate or reduce the risk of human traffickign in the supply chain contributing to the advancement of SDG target 8.7 to eradicate forced labour, end modern salvery and human trafficking by 2025.
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Business Insight Solutions and STOP THE TRAFFIK, October 2013

This 2013 report investigates the link between chocolate and human trafficking. It demonstrates how Supply Chain and Procurement Directors can better understand the risk of human trafficking in their supply chain by analysing media coverage. The insights into the chocolate trade and its links to human trafficking contributes to the advancement of SDG target 8.7 to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking by 2025.

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