CGF demands end to forced labour in supply chains

The NGO, Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), has called on businesses all over the world to help stop all forms of forced labour from global supply chains. This would be through not tolerating forced labour within their operations. The CGF pronouncement has been reaffirmed by the International Labour Organisation, International Organisation for Migration and the Institute for Human Rights in Business.

According to the CGF statement, it asks businesses to accelerate action to eliminate forced labour in line with international frameworks such as the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Despite governmental responsibility to protect human rights, CGF urges to take responsibility respect human rights in its value chains and own operations and play a key role in combatting forced labour. “Forced labour is a complex issue that cannot be solved without cross-sectoral collaboration,” said Olaf Koch, chairman of the management board, METRO AG and co-chair of CGF Board.

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