Why is forced labor so hard to end?
Modern slavery is perpetuated by international, national, and local economic systems that leave some individuals and communities vulnerable to exploitation. It is driven by a demand for cheap goods and services, and supported by an enabling environment that allows traffickers to operate with impunity.
To end modern slavery, all three of these factors must be addressed in any given system.
How do I know if something I own was made with forced labor?
Unfortunately, in most cases, there is no way to be certain. Many industries do not yet have the tools to accurately and effectively detect forced labor in the deeper levels of their supply chains. GFEMS, with its partners, is using technology to help uncover forced labor so that businesses and consumers can take action to end modern slavery.
There are resources and certifications available that provide some indication of ethical business practices, such as Fair Trade, GoodWeave, or GoodOnYou. While these labels do not guarantee products are made without forced labor, they can be helpful in guiding your purchasing habits.
How we combat forced labor
GFEMS works across six sectors to combat forced labor globally. Learn more about our activities and strategy to end forced labor and modern slavery: