In this episode, Jeff Bond is the Director of Strategy and Design for the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, an international fund that mobilizes resources, evidence and partnerships to end modern slavery. He is passionate about creating positive social and business impact and has spent a lot of time in other countries to broaden his perspective. Jeff and host Gwen Hassan discuss the impact of climate change on modern slavery around the world. See more +
There are two big ways climate change is fueling modern slavery: increased vulnerability and forced labour. Populations disproportionately affected by climate change in the form of floods, landslides and lack of water become more vulnerable to modern slavery. As for forced labor, it mainly occurs in the area of clean energy supply chains. The technological solutions that will be essential to address climate change have operational issues. Examples include cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo, nickel mining in Guatemala and solar panels in China. Laws such as the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act and the US Forced Labor Prevention Act are coming into force to challenge this.
Climate change, human trafficking and modern slavery are intertwined and cannot be separated from each other. They are tied to various corporate relationships, so companies need to remember their moral obligations to their workers. Companies must ensure that they operate ethically and do not facilitate modern slavery.
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