ECCR is calling for companies to strengthen their focus against human trafficking and modern slavery in advance of London 2012.
Working as part of an international coalition which includes members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility and ShareAction we have written to 31 Olympic sponsors and hotel chains that may be at a higher risk of encountering human trafficking in their premises or in their supply chains.
The letters (pdf) call for immediate and transparent actions to train staff and suppliers to recognize and avoid the trafficking of workers into slavery, to monitor their supply chains, and to examine recruitment practices. Many companies, including Accor, Thomas Cook, Whitbread, Next, Proctor and Gamble and Sainsbury's have already responded. These responses, and those received subsequently, will be analysed and used to produce a good practice guide later this summer.
To impact future Olympics, select members of the coalition has also sent a letter urging the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to require that all Olympic corporate sponsors, suppliers, contractors and host cities take concrete steps to eliminate commercial sexual exploitation of children and labor trafficking.
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