What does Modern Slavery mean to the Humanitarian Sector?

Modern slavery is said to have reached an unprecedented scale, but what does this mean in the humanitarian sector?

Modern slavery is an increasing global problem which is estimated to impact in excess of 40.3 million people around the world: an appalling statistic to face in 2019.

Protection of our beneficiaries, staff and volunteers from exploitation and abuse is why we exist. We fully acknowledge the gender imbalance of those affected by modern slavery with women and girls being disproportionately affected, in particular being victims of forced labour and those subjected to forced marriage.

Islamic Relief recognises the incalculable damage Modern Slavery can do and strongly believes there is no place for such conduct in society. It is in total conflict with our faith-based values and our objectives, vision and mission

With operations in over 40 countries globally, we are committed to doing everything possible to detect and prevent modern slavery in our supply chains.

In partnership with the Humanitarian Academy for Development (HAD), a bespoke module was commissioned to raise awareness among staff and all parties involved in the supply chain.

No cases of modern slavery have been identified through our current due diligence processes within our supply chain during 2018.

We must “respect, protect and do no harm”.

 

 

Written By:

Mohammed Randera 

Learning and Development Partner

 

 

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