• Modern Slavery Business Risks: Finance and COVID-19

    Emerging Business Risks in Modern Slavery As COVID-19 continues to impact every industry and economy, so does the business risk of modern slavery and criminal economy. Human traffickers operate using profits generated through their crimes and continue to exploit people across the world. With lockdowns still prevalent in many countries, traffickers adapt and find new … Continued

  • Modern Slavery: The Elephant in The Room

    A topic often heard of yet still largely misunderstood. Modern slavery exists worldwide and is not just present in developing countries but globally. Often when we talk about modern slavery, a picture is painted of exploitation in factories and farmlands, images that are far removed from the shiny corporate office buildings where a good majority … Continued

  • A Data Approach to Preventing Modern Slavery

    Modern slavery has impacted every country and virtually every industry in the world. Preventing modern slavery is a robust challenge to protect and safeguard the over 40 million victims across global supply chains. In most industries, organisations are active in or source from multiple locations where they invest, have supply chains, and conduct business, with … Continued

  • Unseen Modern Slavery in the Hospitality Industry

    Anyone in the hospitality industry will be able to tell you that, in order to provide the best experience for customers, much of the work that goes into running a successful establishment happens ‘behind the scenes’. From room cleaners and caregivers, to security guards, kitchen porters, and gardeners: these workers’ labour is often unseen, away … Continued

  • Social Compliance: It’s Crucial to Business Success

    At the Mekong Club, we focus on modern slavery, which falls under the broader umbrella of ‘social compliance’. By definition, social compliance focuses on the policies, procedures and practices that a company uses to protect the safety, rights, and health of their own workers and the workers throughout their extended supply chain. Modern slavery compliance … Continued

  • Alliances Against the Finance of Slavery

    Financial service providers are data fortresses, adhering to strict data-sharing laws that can hinder the sharing of information even between country-offices within one organisation, let alone between two separate institutions. These vast companies staffed by thousands are not well-known for collaborating with each-other but occasionally an issue so universally important comes up that this status-quo … Continued

  • Finance, ESG and Modern Slavery – A Path Forward

    Collaboration has been the key for societies to articulate clarity, challenge our thought processes, and build from one anothers research. The pace in which we’ve developed globally has been astonishing and serves as a mirror for what we are truly capable of when collaborating, but more importantly when commitment takes place. Without commitment, collaboration quickly … Continued

  • A Voice of Many – Modern Slavery Today

    July 30th is World Day Against Trafficking, and this year we invite you to join our #HumansForHumans campaign and learn how the private sector can make a difference in the lives of the millions of workers in our global supply chains. We start with Zimal’s story to illustrate why you should get involved in #HumansForHumans. … Continued

  • A Moon Goal to Address Modern Slavery

    “We know that great things can be accomplished when people are drawn together by a common vision” The Mekong Club, Research and Communications Group (RCG) and Ashbury Communications have written a new, groundbreaking strategic paper that challenges the private sector to eliminate forced labour from its supply chains by 2030 — and sets out a … Continued

  • Apprise Audit: Giving Supply Chain Workers a Voice During Covid-19

    Social auditing is one of the fundamental ways in which the private sector monitor their supply chains for potential labour exploitation and abuse. Frequent audits allow for a trained professional to visit a factory to check the working conditions. Auditors speak to workers and managers about any grievances or concerns that they may have, interviewing … Continued

  • Business with Purpose: Combining Efforts to Achieve a Greater Good

    Today’s brands have come to understand that it isn’t enough to just make profits, to expand their market, or to establish prestige, there is also a moral imperative to demonstrate that a company cares. The phrase “Business with Purpose” is emerging as a statement of a company’s commitment to step up and to demonstrate concern … Continued

  • Child Slavery: Definitions & Tools for Understanding This Global Crime

    Children make up around 25% of victims of modern day slavery, with millions of children being forced to work in global supply chains each day. Combatting forced and child labour is a key priority area for many companies, who make public commitments to a zero-tolerance approach and point to programmes to eradicate child labour across … Continued

  • How Reporting on ESG Can Support Your Marketing Efforts

    Over the past year, ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) in both the business and investment world has been a hot topic. While many might believe ESG falls considerably on investments; however, ESG undoubtedly falls under every component within an organization’s value chain. With more and more pressure from the public, governments and non-government organizations to … Continued

  • Mapping Modern Slavery Risk

    Modern slavery impacts every country and virtually every industry in the world today. Over 40 million victims span our global supply chains, from cotton harvesting to fishing, garment manufacturing to electronics. When looking for where to source materials, where to invest money, and where to conduct business, incorporating modern slavery risk into the decision making … Continued

  • Modern Slavery Today: Roles & Responsibilities in Supply Chains

    Ensuring that operations are free from modern slavery is a core area of focus for manufacturing and retail companies, which often have expansive global supply chains and many internal departments with thousands of staff. Modern slavery itself is a complex issue, and requires the skills, resources, and expertise of multiple people within any organisation to … Continued

  • Responsible Recruitment: How Companies Can Show Commitment to Worker Wellbeing

    From searching for work to speaking with recruiters and eventually signing a contract, most people experience a recruitment journey in order to secure a job. For some this process is relatively straightforward if somewhat laborious, for others it can be a process so mired in fraud and exploitation that they risk becoming trapped in a … Continued

  • Sex Trafficking: Beyond Victim Identification to Sustainable Rehabilitation

    Sex Trafficking The International Labor Organization estimates there are 40 million modern slavery victims around the world, with sex trafficking making up approximately 25% of this figure. As complex as this issue is, it also one of the world’s pressing issues. Many are shocked to learn that sex trafficking could be occurring in their own … Continued

  • Sustainable Safeguarding: Calling for a Respect-Focused Approach to CSR

    COVID-19 is testing corporate commitment to social responsibility. While major e-commerce and software companies have turned enormous global profits, making massive donations and supporting COVID-19 relief efforts, mid- and large-sized corporates are facing harsh cost-cutting realities just to keep core business practices afloat. In some cases, this means marginalizing CSR initiatives as companies face a … Continued

  • The Finance of Modern Slavery: Covid-19 and Emerging Threats

    As every industry and economy is impacted by COVID-19, so is the criminal economy. Human traffickers operate for profits. They exploit people in many ways, from forced prostitution to forced and child labour in industries across the world, defined as modern slavery. As the world locks down, these people are adapting and finding new nefarious … Continued

  • The Vision Behind Traffik Analysis Hub

    The business of trafficking is an errant economy, entwined with the legitimate. For many organisations today modern slavery and human trafficking poses an exponential risk. With trafficking in persons generating an estimated $230 billion annual revenue, every financial transaction for goods and services that is tainted by trafficking is the ‘proceeds of crime’ and therefore … Continued

  • Unseen Victims: Modern Slavery In The Office?

    Modern slavery is found closer than you may think. Often when we talk about modern slavery a picture is painted of exploitation in factories and farmlands, images far removed from the shiny corporate office buildings where much of our usual audience spend each day. Most will be sympathetic to the plight of the millions of … Continued

  • Racing to Help Stop Modern Slavery: From Student Activism to Global Impact

    “Oh my goodness, Covid has completely upended my plans to [insert experience here]! “   The sentence above says it all. In this day and age, we hear stories of how COVID-19 has made life much harder, and how various individuals and societies try to overcome these new challenges. But for the 40.3 million people … Continued

  • We Spoke to NGOs About the Private Sector & Modern Slavery. This is What They Said.

    Impact of COVID-19 During the COVID-19 crisis, the Mekong Club reached out to community-based organisations (CBOs) and non-government organisations (NGOs) across Asia to better understand what was happening with workers on the ground. Many of these groups have implemented programs aimed at combating modern slavery through responsible recruitment, safe migration, worker rights, training, and worker … Continued

  • Your Practical Guide to Help Stop Modern Slavery Every Day

    At the Mekong Club, we often hold awareness raising talks and hard-hitting sessions on the horrendous crime that is modern day slavery. Each time, we are asked the same question by audience members, who are moved by the stories of the 40 million men, women, and children living in slavery today. “This is such a … Continued

  • Help Stop Modern Slavery This Holiday Season

    As the holiday season approaches, and many of us take time off work to reflect on the year, and reconnect (as much as social distancing allows in 2020) with friends and family. This season for many, is a time for gift-giving, celebration, and charity. During this time, there are many opportunities to take action against … Continued