Dr Angelika Hellweger considers the impact of this US modern slavery law on international companies’ supply chains

According to an International Labour Organisation estimate, around 24.9m people are victims of forced labour worldwide (www.ilo.org/global/topics/forced-labour/lang--en/index.htm). 16m people are exploited in the private sector such as domestic work, construction or agriculture; 4.8m persons in forced sexual exploitation, and 4m persons in forced labour imposed by state authorities. Cocoa from Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, cotton from Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, Brazilian timber, electronic goods from Malaysia, textiles from India – all these examples show that forced labour risks are prevalent on a global scale (www.globalslaveryindex.org).

Angelika Hellweger
Legal Director
Rahman Ravelli

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