Building on our previous work on the Alliance 8.7, FTA attended a strategic workshop in Berlin under the auspices of the International Labour Organization (ILO), which was hosted by the Government of Germany and supported by the US and Dutch Governments. In line with FTA’s objectives, Alliance 8.7 is a global partnership committed to take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour, in accordance with Target 8.7 of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.
This gathering brought together a diverse range of partners critical to achieving SDG Target 8.7 in supply chains including governments, employers’ organisations, academics and individual experts including Human Rights Watch, UN Women, and UN Global Compact. Beate Andrees, Chief of the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch at the ILO called on the participants to provide input for the development of a work plan including agreement on the modalities for the implementation of the Action Group work plan.
Speaking at the opening, Ms Andrees emphasised that “Alliance 8.7 is not a policy-making body. It’s a platform for collaboration”.
Anisha Rajapakse, FTA Senior Manager Stakeholder Engagement highlighted the significant headway being made by the association on this particular SDG Target through BSCI activities that support participants to take effective measures to respond to supply chain violations, mitigate risk and implement remediation plans on issues such as forced labour in key sourcing countries. As a part of the working group on Advocacy and Partnership, FTA identified ways in which this Action Group could stimulate innovative partnerships as well as mobilise strategic advocacy efforts and indicate how best to eliminate forced labour and child labour in supply chains.
In parallel, FTA also participated at the Consumer Goods Forum-led conference on ‘Partnerships to end Forced Labour in Supply Chains’. This event focused on the need for cross-sectoral collaborations and collective action if the issue of forced labour is to be resolved. Participants exchanged ideas around the role of research and data in identifying and remediating forced labour and useful tools and initiatives.
FTA is actively engaged in the issues that matter most to its members. Currently, FTA provides support with relevant tools to report in line with the UK Modern Slavery Act and is also promoting responsible recruitment practices through a new BSCI module.
Learn more about FTA’s efforts in the areas of forced labour and migration at a two-day regional Sustainability Symposium in Colombo, Sri Lanka in October.