The UN Global Compact and The Netherlands Network

On Sunday October 9, an afternoon panel at the Symposium will focus on “Tools for Sustainable Change in the Private Sector.” One of the panelists will be Ms. Eppy Boschma, Senior Advisor to the Global Compact Network Netherlands.

The UN Global Compact began in 1999 with a challenge from then-UN Secretary General Kofi Annan for the private sector to “give a human face to globalization,” and to do business in ways that benefit society and protect people. The UN Global Compact works to ensure that businesses add value to people, communities and the planet, as well as to their…

Hope Builds Bridges

The violence and exploitation experienced by sex trafficking victims, the lack of access to proper nutrition, hygienic conditions, and vulnerability to sexually transmitted diseases lead to a variety of personal problems.  Personal problems can significantly deter progress in social integration and exacerbate issues that many survivors face after rescue: limited or no access to legal protection, uncertain residency status, and lack of financial support from the national government.

In The Netherlands, The Bijlmer Projectbelieves that the critical success factor for successful rehabilitation and social reintegration is addressing psychological and behavioral effects at the very beginning of rescue. That means a long-term…

Uniting Communities Against Human Trafficking

The 2016 Global Slavery Index estimates that there are 45.8 million people in some form of modern slavery in 167 countries. These findings are necessary, but overwhelming. What if we had statistics about how many organizations are taking action against human trafficking? What if there was a way that YOU could take action right now?

STOP THE TRAFFIKis a global movement of activists who passionately give their time and energy to build resilient communities that disrupt and prevent human trafficking. At the heart of their work is the desire to stop the abuse and harm caused by human trafficking. Stop…

Let’s Fight Fair: Cultural Mediation

Human Rights Watch considers migrants – people living and working outside their country of origin –particularly vulnerable to human rights abuses. The trafficking of forced labor is a global problem. Circumstances work in the employer’s favor to keep migrant workers in vulnerable positions and make them accept the situation by continuing to keep workers in debt bondage.

Many migrant workers incur debt, such as transfer costs or pre-departure training, before they ever leave their own country. Debt continues to pile up on the job in the form of employer fines for small offenses or high housing rental cost. In some countries,…

Children Are Not Tourist Attractions

Many people take short trips to developing countries and pay a sometimes exorbitant fee to volunteer in orphanages from “voluntourism” agencies. They do it with very good intentions. They volunteer and leave. But how long would that good feeling last if they knew that many of those children had been sold to orphanages and that the profits usually end up in the hands of corrupt orphanage directors? The truth is that many children living in orphanages actually have been trafficked - separated from their families to attract paying volunteers or donors. Research suggests that approximately  80% of children in orphanages…

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