An estimated 40.3 million people are trapped in human trafficking worldwide, with 76% of them being exploited for economic purposes. Modern day slavery nets annual profits of $150 billion, touching nearly every industry and country, and leaving every consumer culpable. However, only $120 million in OECD government resources is going to a coordinated, global response. Public-private partnerships are critical to driving down demand and developing mechanisms to eliminate slavery supply chains. Concordia’s Campaign Against Labor Trafficking is leveraging the power of cross-sector collaboration to help create industry-wide change, with a focus on ending modern slavery in the Thai seafood industry. Concordia envisions a future where everyone is paid a fair wage for their contributions to the global market, and human rights are upheld by governments and companies alike.
The Concordia Campaign Against Labor Trafficking was launched in July of 2015. Through separate partnerships with Winrock International and the New York University Stern Center for Business and Human Rights, the Campaign seeks to engage key stakeholders along the value chain — global companies, local suppliers, governments, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, trade unions, and consumer groups — to change the way the seafood industry operates in Thailand, Southeast Asia, and beyond. By raising awareness, generating research, and forming public-private partnerships, the Campaign will leverage the power of cross-sector collaboration to alter labor practices in the industry.