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19 March 2014 | Gurjit Degun
Representatives of world religions want 50 CEOs of major businesses who are “people of faith or of goodwill” to commit to eradicating modern slavery from their supply chains.
The statement to stamp out modern slavery and human trafficking across the world by 2020 also asks government leaders to make sure public sector supply chains are free of modern slavery.
The Global Freedom Network was launched at the Vatican this week by representatives from the Roman Catholic, Anglican and Sunni Muslim faiths. The Walk Free Foundation is also a major partner.
A joint statement said: “Our world must be freed of these terrible evils and crimes against humanity. Every hand and heart must be joined to bring this freedom to all those who are trapped and suffering. This agreement is a beginning and a pledge – the victims of modern slavery and human trafficking will not be forgotten or ignored: everyone will know their story. We will walk with them to freedom.”
CIPS has also called for buyers to make sure their supply chains are free from slavery, and the UK government is in the process of introducing a Modern Slavery Bill.