Disciples News Service

Ministries support slave-free supply lines

About five years ago, Disciple Women identified human trafficking as an issue of concern and focus for ministry. The majority of individuals enslaved are laborers such as factory workers or farm workers.

Christian Church Foundation has joined Disciple Women in calling attention to the issue with a letter to legislators in support of the bipartisan Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2015, a joint effort between both houses of Congress, which would require corporate transparency on issues of the most basic human rights.

“Human trafficking is surely one of the most vile activities in the world today. An estimated 20.9 million people globally are affected by human trafficking, according to a 2013 report from the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, Calvert Investments, and the Institute for Human Rights and Business,” said Rev. Gary Kidwell, president of the Foundation.

This new bill calls on corporations to strengthen their commitments to end human trafficking and modern day slavery by requiring them to disclose the policies and management systems they have in place to better identify and eradicate these violations within their global supply chains. Specifically, the new law would require public disclosures around auditing and verification procedures, risk assessments, training, remediation plans and accountability mechanisms that address trafficking and slavery risks.

You can make your voice heard in Congress as well.