Human Trafficking Risks in Asia's Supply Chains: How Should Businesses Respond?

Human Trafficking Risks in Asia's Supply Chains: How Should Businesses Respond?

The CSR Asia Summit 2017 includes a stream of interactive sessions on human trafficking, supply chains and human rights.
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Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 10:35am

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BANGKOK, August 24th, 2017 /3BL Media/ - CSR Asia Summit 2017, the annual leading conference on corporate social responsibility in Asia, will take place next month in Bangkok. Covering 22 topical and emerging sustainability themes, the Summit includes a focus on human trafficking which will be led by subject experts and business leaders.

Human Trafficking is a pressing danger for Asia. In July, Thailand saw its largest ever human trafficking case which resulted in a high ranking former general and 61 other defendants being convicted and sentenced for their part in trafficking Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshis as part of a crime syndicate. This case has highlighted the scale and scope of the activity which is taking place in the region.

The verdict and sentences are being seen as a milestone in Thailand’s ongoing efforts to eradicate human trafficking and they represent an important step in efforts to combat human trafficking in Thailand and the wider region.

“There is a very real need to be aware of the potential risks of human trafficking as companies can find themselves as unwilling or unknowing counterparts in supply chains where victims of human trafficking might be found” says Dr. Richard Welford Chairman and founder of CSR Asia.

“The repercussions for companies can be huge and awareness of these risks can help companies avoid reputational damage, business interruptions, potential lawsuits, community conflicts, protests and a loss of consumer trust, all of which can impact on financial performance.”

Human Trafficking and much more will be discussed at the CSR Asia Summit, which will take place on 26 - 27 September 2017, at The Amari Watergate Hotel, Bangkok. The event includes a stream of supply chain and human rights workshops and interactive sessions including:

Human rights due diligence

Liberty Asia and Cargill will take a hands-on approach to undertaking human rights due diligence and discuss how to report on the due diligence undertaken for the purposes of legislation that requires this disclosure.

Human trafficking

Adidas and Thai Union will actively explore how companies are addressing the challenge of human trafficking and the multi stakeholder efforts to collectively achieve this.

Made in Asia: the business case for investing in gender rights in garment supply chains

CARE will bring in programme partners to launch its regional work strategy “Made by Women”, which will scale the impact of programs such as ‘Sexual Harassment Stops Here' to benefit 8 million women garment workers in Asia by 2021.

Children’s rights: the risks and opportunities for business

DTAC, RSPO and UNICEF will join Global Child Forum to talk about how we ensure children’s rights are respected when conducting business, and what companies can do to integrate children’s rights into their operations.

The untapped economic potential of Asia’s refugees

This workshop will look at the refugee crisis in Asia and discuss how refugees can play a part in enabling companies to meet labour shortages while also generating local economic growth.3 companies

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About CSR Asia Summit

CSR Asia Summit is an annual leading conference on corporate social responsibility in Asia. Since 2007, CSR Asia has brought together hundreds of sustainability professionals and thought leaders to discuss cutting edge issues and share their experiences.

The two-day event combines a packed programme of speakers and panel discussions covering a wide range of relevant topics, and also provides excellent networking opportunities. CSR Asia also runs an additional day of optional capacity building courses prior to the Summit.

The CSR Asia Summit is attended and supported by many leading global companies, NGOs and academia. In addition, the event is held at a different location in Asia each year to provide local companies and organisations with a platform to build awareness of the challenges and opportunities specific to their country.

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