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Companies join forces to combat human trafficking

A group of nine global companies from across the spectrum of industries have joined forces to launch the Global Business Coalition Against Human Trafficking (gBCAT). The coalition, which was unveiled at the Clinton Global Initiative's annual meeting in New York earlier this week, will mobilize their resources and combined experience to fight human trafficking.


Blue chip founding members include: Carlson, Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, ExxonMobil, LexisNexis, ManpowerGroup, Microsoft, NXP, and Travelport.


The coalition will develop and share best practices for preventing traffickers from entering a company's operations, develop training modules for employees, and run general awareness-raising campaigns for consumers, suppliers and partners.


gBCAT members say they will also continue collaborating with governments, NGOs and the general public to build out the cross-sector solutions which are necessary to eliminate all forms of modern slavery.


In a speech at the same meeting, US President Barack Obama praised the coalition for its commitment to fight trafficking: "The good news is more and more responsible companies are holding themselves to higher standards.  And today, I want to salute the new commitments that are being made.  That includes the new Global Business Coalition Against Trafficking -- companies that are sending a message:  Human trafficking is not a business model, it is a crime, and we are going to stop it."


The ILO estimates that more than 21 million people are victims of forced labor today.