New toolkit and guide released to help businesses prevent labour exploitation and trafficking in local supply and subcontracting chains
In recent years, cases of labour exploitation in supply/subcontracting chains have been uncovered around the world, as well as in Europe. Outsourcing of work or services through subcontractors/suppliers or use of temporary workers in flexible employment relationships heighten the risk of exploitative working conditions. The working conditions in lengthy subcontracting chains might be difficult for companies to uncover. Everything may seem legal on paper but in reality, exploited migrant workers might work long hours in poor conditions, which are below national standards, and they have little or no possibility to change their situation. To protect the rights of migrant workers, to promote fair competition and decent work, as well as to avoid negative publicity businesses have a responsibility to address the risk of labour exploitation and human trafficking in their subcontracting or supply chains.
Representatives of the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) Member States are cordially invited to participate at a Forum on Corporate Responsibility of Businesses: Prevention of Labour Exploitation which will focus on awareness raising of the employers by focusing on trafficking in human beings in a forced labour perspective and discussing exploitation of labour workers, and difference between unsatisfactory working conditions and being a victim of human trafficking by introducing concrete cases from the Nordic and Baltic countries and North-West Russia as well as from other Member States of the Council of the Baltic Sea States. The Forum will take place at the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Latvia in Riga on 6 – 7 June 2019.
The Ministry of the Interior of Latvia with support of the Permanent Secretariat of the Council of the Baltic Sea States hosted the international conference entitled “Human trafficking – a crime with too few convictions and too many victims” under the Latvian Presidency in the Council of the Baltic Sea States in Riga on 21 – 22 February 2019.