Labour Trafficking in Supply Chains
International Justice Mission (IJM) knows corporations are working to meet ethical and sustainable growth and development goals—especially when it comes to combatting labour trafficking and protecting vulnerable people from exploitation. But businesses cannot solve this crisis alone.
Through investing in sustainable solutions we can reduce forced labour risk by changing the entire ecosystem in which they operate. We have seen landmark changes take place through improved government ownership, the enforcement of anti-trafficking and worker protection laws and the prosecution of perpetrators of human trafficking and modern slavery.
We know that holding perpetrators accountable is necessary to eliminate crime. We also know that being among the first to try solving complicated problems can be difficult. Your leadership in standing up for the dignity and safety of workers today will bring about a safer and more secure world for children, women and men —for generations to come.
Trusted Expertise and Tailored Response
IJM partners with corporations to develop tailored solutions that address labour trafficking.
IJM has more than 25 years of experience transforming broken justice systems around the world. We are strategically positioned to partner with you and build positive, fruitful relationships with host governments to strengthen worker protections and accountability for bad actors.
Corporations can have a significant impact by influencing governments to prioritize investments in law enforcement and survivor services, ending impunity for forced labour exploiters. When a justice system is functioning, it protects everyone and sets the standard for ethical working conditions in a way that corporations alone cannot.
IJM’s model strengthens justice systems to uphold the rule of law, which deters criminals and protects workers. Through deep frontline expertise, we have seen that there is no substitute for local government response when attempting to address criminal activity. Through strategic collaboration, we will help you form connections and context to build strong partnerships with local and national governments in order to bring effective change where it is needed most.
Online Sexual Exploitation of Children
Protecting children from sexual exploitation is a global concern. Millions of children are victims of online sexual exploitation, a form of sex trafficking where customers search online and wire a secure payment to an adult who sets up the abuse. At any given time, an estimated 750,000 predators are accessing victims’ homes through the internet.
COVID-19 has only made the situation worse for victims. Demand for child sexual exploitation materials has increased around the world during the pandemic, with a threefold increase in some countries. Young children and teens who are out of school, learning online or who are vulnerable to abuse at home are easily conned by traffickers. Even with the recession of COVID-19, these crimes continue as networks of criminals still operate, undiscovered and unpunished.
Meaningful Partnerships Protect Victims and Survivors
Individuals, corporations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) collaborate with IJM to use their unique skillsets to stop crime.
IJM’s Centre to End Online Sexual Exploitation of Children (OSEC) partners with governments, industries, NGOs, and other stakeholders around the world to protect children in poverty from online sexual exploitation. IJM is currently focusing on ending OSEC in the Philippines, a country that reports thousands of cases every month. After implementing our model to end OSEC in the Philippines, our goal is to then scale our approach globally. View our Scale of Harm case study to see what has been accomplished so far.
Our extensive experience in the Philippines has helped us build upon effective practices to support competent justice system responses in both source countries and demand-side countries like Canada. Currently, our teams are prioritizing activities with the technology and financial sector to improve detection and reporting of online child sexual exploitation. Together IJM and our partners can ensure sustainable protection for children and accountability for perpetrators.
We subscribe to the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and our approach supports nations in their duty to protect worker rights. IJM staff on the frontlines are ready to deliver powerful, data-driven results in the following areas of work:
Developing prevalence research and in-depth annual reports that demonstrate the connection between global supply chains and functioning justice systems and illustrate the way forward.
Working with you to develop an actionable, measurable, field-ready plan tailored to meet your specific business and supply chain needs.
Safe Recruitment Corridors
A collaborative, multi-country program to address and prevent trafficking and abuse of low-paid migrant workers across country borders, which addresses exploitation in both source and destination countries.
Safe Sourcing Zones
A high-impact partnership between you, IJM and a host country government that reduces the risk of forced labour in a targeted jurisdiction, helping to bring lasting safety and security to workers and their families.
IJM is proud to collaborate with:
Partnership Case Studies
Corporations and foundations can strengthen justice systems and protect vulnerable people from violence. Read real examples of tremendous impact where IJM and corporations have partnered with governments to achieve results.
Corporate Gift Matching
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