Finance Against Slavery: How Government Action and Public-Private Partnerships Can Work to End Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

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    Hosted by FAST as a side event during the Business and Human Rights Forum in Geneva, this event brought together a panel of experts to discuss strategies that the financial sector, government and regulators can take collectively to tackle modern slavery and human trafficking.

    To a full room of UN, civil society and private sector leaders, the panelist discussed opportunities for financial sector actors to embed human rights due diligence throughout global value chains, as well as the ways States and the financial sector can collaborate to address the risks to people posed by modern slavery and human trafficking, including lessons from the Asia-Pacific – where modern slavery prevalence is highest – and also from lessons learned from the Brazilian fight against slave labour.

    Speakers included former commissioners Professor Anita Ramasastry, Leonardo Sakamoto, James Kofi Annan and Dr James Cockayne along with Ambassador Bryce Hutchesson.