The Mekong Club established its business association in 2015. Over the years, we have built deep and trusted relationships with companies across sectors such as banking, hospitality, garment, food and beverage, toys, and footwear.

Our members receive up-to-date information and expert training on issues pertinent to their industry, meet regularly to learn and share best practices, and are given access to numerous tools and resources to further the fight against modern slavery.

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COST AND ROLES

 

The annual membership fee for a company is USD 7,000.

We ask for each member company to nominate at least one representative who will liaise with the Mekong Club. We ask for members to be proactively engaged with our association’s initiatives, to attend events and working groups, and to provide feedback and advice on the development of our resources.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Annual profits from modern slavery are estimated to be US$150 billion, most of which goes through the global banking system. Being on the frontline of financial transactions, the financial services industry has a distinct advantage in being able to identify suspicious activity and stop it. Issues of interest include using big data to help identify “red flags”, understanding criminal patterns to develop systems that can track this activity, and training to develop the capacity of employees at all levels to find potential problems.
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MANUFACTURING

With extensive channels in multiple, usually underdeveloped countries, it can be difficult for companies to monitor their many supply-chain outlets. Increased understanding of the ways that slavery can appear in supply chains is vital to effecting change. Issues of interest include developing risk assessment tools, standardising auditing methods, consolidating information collected from audits across industries, and improving communication within companies across internal divisions.

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HOSPITALITY

There are dozens of touchpoints where modern slavery can occur in the hospitality industry – staff recruitment and food sourcing are only two examples. Due to the vast size of the industry, eradicating this issue has the potential to affect thousands of lives. Issues of interest include how to train staff at different levels to detect the problem, how to address the four potential vulnerabilities within the hotel industry (forced prostitution, forced labour within supply chains, third-party service contracts, and construction) and how to develop standardised responses across hotel chains.
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RETAIL

Any product that is found to have a link with modern slavery or child labour puts a retailer in a position of liability and potential reputation risk. Urged by public pressure and the need to safeguard their businesses, many of the biggest retailers worldwide have engaged in more proactive monitoring activities. Issues of interest include informing and educating suppliers, identifying the boundaries of supply-chain involvement, and responding to a reputation crisis.
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OTHER SECTORS

Our work is not limited to these four groups, and we are currently engaging with businesses from the technology, pharmaceutical, legal and construction industries.
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