Corporate and Consumer Responsibility

Corporate and Consumer Responsibility

In today’s world of globalization and multi-national corporations, it is often difficult to trace where the products we buy and consume originated. It is also a challenge assessing whether any given company is involved in or exploiting slave labor in some way. But as Christians, we must do our best to try to ensure that we are not unintentionally supporting the business of global slavery by the products we buy or the companies we buy them from.

Challenge corporations to pledge their products as slavery free.

Stop the Traffik | At least 12,000 children have been trafficked and enslaved in cocoa farms in the nation of Cote D’Ivoire. The anti-slavery organization Stop the Traffik runs a “Chocolate Campaign” to challenge chocolate manufacturers to ensure their chocolate is “slave-free.” You can choose to only buy and eat chocolate that is guaranteed to be traffic free and you can challenge companies to take the “Traffik Free Chocolate Pledge.”

The Athens Ethical Principles | The End Human Trafficking Now Campaign puts business companies front and center in the anti-trafficking fight. The outcome of the first phase of the campaign was the adoption of the Athens Ethical Principles (AEP), a set of ethical principles against human trafficking. You can challenge and require the companies you do business with to sign the AEP.

Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism | Suppliers of travel and tourism that desire to be socially responsible and fight human trafficking by determining to not support sex tourism can sign the Code of Conduct.

GoodWeave | Only purchase rugs with the GoodWeave label. GoodWeave works to end illegal child labor in the carpet industry and to offer educational opportunities to children in South Asia.

Buy products made by trafficking survivors.

Made by Survivors | The Emancipation Network is an international organization dedicated to fighting human trafficking and modern day slavery. They help survivors of slavery rebuild their lives after rescue from slavery with sustainable income, education, and help reintegrating into society.

NightLight | The vision of NightLight is to enable women and children of Bangkok to escape sexual exploitation and empower them to live and work in community.

Ransom Wear | Ransom Wear helps rescue women and children in Nepal from the sex trade.