Workshop: Building Business Capacity to Address Modern Slavery in Operations and Supply Chains

On 22 November 2018, IOM organized a validation workshop delivered as a part of "Corporate Responsibility in Eliminating Slavery and Trafficking" (CREST) initiative. The workshop provided practical information to enhance participants’ understanding of human trafficking and modern slavery, and promoted sharing of good practices between companies to reduce the risk of human trafficking and slavery in both their operations and labour supply chain. The workshop was successfully wrapped up with the valuable participation of representatives from various multinational companies. Their enthusiasm and experience have further enriched the discussions.


This workshop will bring together sustainability professionals based in HCMC to learn and exchange on issues of modern slavery in business operations and supply chains. It is organized by IOM under IOM’s Corporate Responsibility in Eliminating Slavery and Trafficking (IOM CREST) project aiming to develop capacity of private sector actors to address risks of forced labour and identify ways to promote ethical recruitment practices. 

Globally, there are more than 40 million victims of modern slavery, found in almost all economic sectors, and often hidden in plain sight. Among them, approximately 25 million are victims of forced labour, with the highest prevalence in the Asia-Pacific. According to estimates by Walk Free Foundation, ILO and IOM (2017), migrant workers are at a higher risk and make up almost one in every four victims of forced labour. 

Recognizing the need to better address the vulnerabilities of migrant workers, IOM’s Corporate Responsibility in Eliminating Slavery and Trafficking (IOM CREST) project aims to realize the potential of business to uphold human and labour rights of migrant workers in their operations and supply chains. IOM encourages its partners to build stronger commitments on ethical recruitment, take concrete actions to address migrant workers vulnerabilities and collaborate with others to achieve more sustainable solutions. To this end, IOM CREST supports business through a suite of good practices, tools and methodologies. 

Specifically, the IOM CREST training programme “Building Business Capacity to Address Modern Slavery in Operations and Supply Chains” has been designed to align with lead firm standards to address sector specific risks and to promote practical action within operations, suppliers in tier 1 and beyond. 

Objectives and Outcomes of the Workshop  
Objectives: The workshop intends to 

  • Facilitate learning, exchange of experiences and best practices on addressing modern slavery issues;
  • Provide a platform for review and feedback to the selected training modules to ensure that the content is as useful and relevant as possible for garment/footwear businesses and targets their needs;

Outcomes: By the end of the workshop participants will

  • Better understand what modern slavery is and be familiar with types of labour exploitation, as well as how modern slavery may present a risk for their company operations and supply chain;
  • Have a better understanding of the level of visibility of supply chains and priorities for improving visibility.

Venue: IOM Sub-Office, Conference Room, 1b Pham Ngoc Thach, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam 





Registration and welcome coffee

IOM/Ergon Associates


Introduction and purpose of the workshop

IOM/Ergon Associates


Session 1: Modern slavery: what you need to know
Introduces the concept of modern slavery, the definitions, the vulnerabilities of different groups of workers to modern slavery, and the risks which it can present to businesses
 Introduction to modern slavery and worker vulnerabilities
 Taking action to address the issue

IOM/Ergon Associates


Session 2: Understanding vulnerabilities of different groups of workers
Provides an understanding of workers’ vulnerabilities to modern slavery and introduces participants to modern slavery risk identification and mitigation
 Identifying modern slavery risks in the employment relationship
 Root causes of specific worker vulnerabilities to modern slavery

IOM/Ergon Associates


Coffee Break


Session 3: Mapping material and labour supply chains and identifying modern slavery risks
Builds understanding of how to map supply chains (material and labour) and identify modern slavery risks
 Mapping material / labour supply chains and how to improve visibility
 Identifying modern slavery risks and conducting risk assessments

IOM/Ergon Associates


Training evaluation and closing remarks

IOM/Ergon Associates



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