What better way to contribute to Human Rights Day than by taking up the challenge as to what financial institutions and certain other non-State actors can do to respect, promote and remedy violations of serious human rights, such as human trafficking? ABN Amro Bank did just that by organizing a conference on Wednesday 9 December 2015 followed by a closed expert roundtable on these issues on Thursday 10 December. Jill Coster van Voorhout, Researcher in the Rule of Law Program participated in both events that follow up on earlier work of the Institute.
On 2 June, The Hague Institute brought together a partnership of ABN Amro Bank, Global March against Child Labour, the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime and the Bureau of the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children. During a closed expert roundtable and subsequent public panel discussion, participants identified how financial institutions could support government-led investigations and assist their own corporate and private customers to ensure that their supply and value chains are free of human trafficking. ABN Amro Bank publicly announced its commitment to that goal. These two bold steps are particularly important as The Netherlands continues to accord priority to the problem of human trafficking for labour exploitation during its forthcoming 2016 EU Chairmanship.
The Hague Institute looks forward to supporting these important initiatives and continues to work on this important subject of ‘orphan’ crimes of human trafficking.