Healthcare/ Pharmaceuticals

There are several touch points of human trafficking and forced labour in the healthcare and pharmaceuticals industry. Human trafficking in the healthcare and pharmaceuticals industry may for example occur for the purpose of organ trafficking. In 2007, WHO estimated that out of all transplants worldwide, 5–10% were conducted illegally. Also at a high-risk for labour exploitation and modern slavery is the private aged-care sector. Reports from the sector have shown that migrant workers are often exposed to abusive and exploitative working conditions and recruitment practices.

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Africa’s Changing Place in the Criminal Economy
Publications
01 October 2017

This report is a broad overview of Africa’s multiple and changing connections to global criminal markets. Over the past two decades, Africa’s role in the global criminal economy has shifted. The impact of organised crime is widespread and growing, yet...

Agents for change. How public procurers can influence labour conditions in global supply chains. Case studies from Brazil, Pakistan and Thailand
Publications
15 November 2016

The report focuses on the social aspects of supply chains and examines how contracting authorities in the EU can use social criteria to improve labour conditions in countries where poor labour standards are rife. The report draws on experiences and...

Corporate approaches to addressing modern slavery in supply chains: A snapshot of current practice
Good PracticesPublications
16 October 2015

In October 2015, complying with the UK Modern Slavery Act became a legal requirement for at least 12,000 companies in the UK and around the world. The Ashridge Centre for Business and Sustainability at Hult International Business School and the...

Strengthening Protection Against Trafficking in Persons in Federal and Corporate Supply Chains
Publications
01 January 2015

Verité has collected comprehensive data about global industries with a significant history or current evidence of human trafficking or trafficking-related activity, and has analysed the over-lap between global supply chains deemed to be at risk for human trafficking and patterns...

Trafficking in Human Beings for the Purpose of Organ Removal in the OSCE Region: Analysis and Findings
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09 July 2013

In line with the OSCE Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings, the SR is mandated to address trafficking in human beings for the purpose of organ removal. The SR initiated the research project in 2011, supported by the...

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