Expert Roundtable on Countering Human Trafficking through Business and Human Rights (Ruggie)

On Tuesday 2 June, The Hague Institute for Global Justice and ABN Amro, 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 co-organized a high-level expert roundtable discussion on Countering Human Trafficking through Business and Human Rights (Ruggie).

The roundtable gathered a select group of approximately 20 leading experts and practitioners from private enterprises, anti-human trafficking organizations, academic institutions and NGOs, to discuss the strengths of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (the “Ruggie” Principles) as a means to counter human trafficking in the broad sense.

The issues that were discussed at the roundtable include, but are not limited to:

  • Lessons learned from private-public partnerships and from academic studies to combat human trafficking;
  • Mapping methodologies and attempts to build future collaborations to address human trafficking jointly; and
  • Operational recommendations for protecting workers from human trafficking including for labour exploitation in the broad sense.

The roundtable was followed by a public panel discussion. More information about the public discussion is available here.

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