Human Rights

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...

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...

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...

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...

Business Value = Human Value. This  interesting equation turns commercial philosophy upside down when implemented in a business model called social enterprise. A social enterprise company is a revenue-generating business that reinvests its surplus to achieve its social objectives rather than deliver profit to shareholders. Harsha Patel*, founder and managing director of Doing Social, lists five success factors for social...

“Trafficking in persons,” “human trafficking,” and “modern slavery” are used as umbrella terms for the act of recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing or obtaining a person for compelled labor or commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud or coercion. What does that mean in everyday language? Human trafficking is slave trade. Sources cite approximately 20 to 30 million slaves...

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