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ManpowerGroup Advocates UK Anti-Slavery Day

ManpowerGroup Advocates UK Anti-Slavery Day

ManpowerGroup Supports UK Anti-Slavery Day and Calls for Other Organizations to Join the Fight Against Human Trafficking

ManpowerGroup the world leader in innovative workforce solutions, is supporting Anti-Slavery Day in the United Kingdom and calling for organizations around the world to recognize the urgent need to take action in order to eliminate human trafficking and all forms of forced labor.

Human trafficking is the second-largest and fastest-growing illegal industry in the world behind the drugs trade, with an estimated 27 million people — half of them children — trafficked every year and it is an industry that generates $30 billion annually. Today, slavery takes various forms and affects people of all ages, sex and race, while around the world products are being made using child labor or forced labor such as cotton, leather goods, tobacco, rubber and cocoa.

"Getting the message out about modern-day slavery is critical because big corporations are not always aware that it is a burning issue. Often we go to Fortune 500 companies and their response is, 'modern day slavery, human trafficking, what problem?'" explained David Arkless, ManpowerGroup President of Corporate and Government Affairs, President of the Global End Human Trafficking Now! Campaign, and ambassador for the UK's Centre for Social Justice and an Advisor on their Anti-Slavery Report.

"We are committed to putting an end to human trafficking, and on UK Anti-Slavery Day we are calling for other responsible organizations to join the fight," added Arkless. The onus is on employers to ensure their products are ethically sourced and if businesses ensure their suppliers sign up to the same standards of responsible business, the cumulative effect becomes massive."

ManpowerGroup is helping advance the fight against human trafficking globally in collaboration with several anti-trafficking organizations. The company has collaborated with the Not For Sale Campaign to develop community activism in order to fight enabling environments for human trafficking, and to promote consumer awareness and vigilance about forced labor in the manufacturing of consumer products.

In addition to raising the profile of the issue, ManpowerGroup is also focused on prevention and has entered into numerous joint ventures to provide trafficked and at-risk persons with access to education and training to help them transition to decent, honorable work. Last month, ManpowerGroup joined forces with leading nonprofit organization Second Chance Employment Services to help battered and trafficked women re-enter the workforce. ManpowerGroup was also the first company to sign the Athens Ethical Principles, which has a zero tolerance policy on working with any entity associated, in any way, with human trafficking.

ManpowerGroup has teamed up with anti-trafficking organization Sport Against Trafficking to become the lead sponsor of its Row For Freedom campaign that is shining a spotlight on the issue through the determination of six ordinary women who will row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to raise money for charities that support the victims of human trafficking. Traveling from The Canary Islands to Barbados on a route previously used as part of the Atlantic slave trade, the team will row 24 hours a day — two hours on, two hours off — for an estimated 40 days. Around the world, ManpowerGroup leverages its extensive network of services, including training programs, expertise and resources to provide a bridge to sustainable employment.

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