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World Record "Row For Freedom" Supported by ManpowerGroup

World Record "Row For Freedom" Supported by ManpowerGroup

Courageous Team Embarks on Atlantic Crossing to Bring Attention to Worldwide Scale of Human Trafficking

ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN), the world leader in innovative workforce solutions, is proudly supporting the Row For Freedom team as they depart on their extraordinary endeavor to row the Atlantic Ocean unaided and shine an international spotlight on the issue of human trafficking.

Row For Freedom, a Sport Against Trafficking campaign, is a one-off event that will see five ordinary women row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic, following a route that was previously used to transport slaves between Europe and the New World, to raise money for charities, A21 Campaign and ECPAT UK, which support victims of human trafficking. The team will row 24 hours a day — two hours on, two hours off — for an estimated 40 days in a double world record attempt to be the first female six and the fastest female crew to complete the row.

"ManpowerGroup is delighted to be the lead partner of the Row For Freedom team in their courageous efforts to elevate the issue of human trafficking on the global agenda. We hope their momentous journey inspires others to give generously to this cause and we wish them a safe and speedy crossing," said David Arkless, ManpowerGroup President of Corporate and Government Affairs, President of the End Human Trafficking Now! Campaign, and ambassador for the UK's Centre for Social Justice and an Advisor on their Anti-Slavery Report. "As we mark their departure, I'd encourage every responsible corporation and individual to come together and join the fight to eradicate this dreadful practice."

Working in partnership with other organizations to create awareness of, and take action to prevent, practices such as human trafficking is part of ManpowerGroup's mission to create a bridge to employment for disadvantaged individuals around the world, and opposing labor practices that exploit individuals, particularly the disenfranchised.

"As an organization engaging so many people, ManpowerGroup has long been committed to helping protect people everywhere we operate, particularly the vulnerable," added Arkless.  "The belief that every individual should have the right to work in a safe and dignified way without being exploited lies at the core of ManpowerGroup's work. With human trafficking present in every single country and territory in our network, it is clear that this illegal practice is very much alive, and corporations cannot afford to ignore its presence."

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) being trafficked each year, this is an industry that generates $30 billion annually. Contemporary slavery takes various forms and affects people of all ages, sex and race today and across the world products such as cotton, leather goods, tobacco, rubber and cocoa are still being produced using child labor or forced labor.

ManpowerGroup is dedicated to working with and supporting vulnerable groups in society, such as those who continue to be trapped in modern-day slavery. The company is actively involved in the End Human Trafficking Now! Campaign, the Not For Sale Campaign to end human trafficking and slavery, and was the first company to sign the Athens Ethical Principles, which have a zero tolerance policy on working with any entity associated, in any way, with human trafficking.  

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