A first of its kind
In August 2012, the Mekong Club was set up to be one of the first not-for-profit organizations of its kind in Asia to use a ‘business-to-business’ approach to fight modern slavery. The organization’s founders were representatives of the private sector (from the legal, communications, financial, hospitality communities) who understood the key role companies could play in this fight. The Mekong Club started by offering awareness raising and technical support to companies of all sizes to help them understand the complexities of modern slavery, along with how to reduce their vulnerability.
In June 2015, the Mekong Club become a membership-based organization that works with companies that want to take active steps to identify potential risk and eradicate modern slavery from their business. Members are invited to join one of four industry-specific working groups (Finance/banking, footwear and apparel, retail and hospitality) where they receive up-to-date information and expert training on issues pertinent to the unique challenges of their industry, with other leader peers determined to impact change. As part of this approach, members meet regularly to share best practices and learn about tools which provide practical and tangible actions to tackle modern slavery. Member companies also work together on annual deliverables which will be used to provide tangible actions in the fight against forced labor.
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