David Noble, group CEO, CIPS, was invited to Vatican City to witness the historic signing by faith leaders of a joint declaration to eradicate modern slavery by 2020.
Leaders from the Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim faiths signed the Declaration of Religious Leaders against Modern Slavery, which urges all nations to recognise that modern slavery is a crime against humanity. It read: “We pledge ourselves here today to do all in our power, within our faith communities and beyond, to work together for the freedom of all those who are enslaved and trafficked so that their future may be restored. Today we have the opportunity, awareness, wisdom, innovation and technology to achieve this human and moral imperative.”
The declaration has been developed by the recently established Global Freedom Network, which has six fi elds of action to wipe out slavery, including checking supply chains to ensure purchasing is free from slavery.
As part of CIPS’ work on addressing modern slavery, Noble was invited as a guest of the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Andrew Forrest, who launched the Global Freedom Network. He also met the UK’s newly appointed anti-slavery commissioner Kevin Hyland and spoke with attendees to discuss the impact of supply chains.