|Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery, which forces an estimated 12.3 million people into forced labor or sexual servitude at any given time. Trafficking human beings is now the third largest illegal industry on the planet, following only arms and drug smuggling, and it is present in every country and territory in our network. For this reason, ManpowerGroup has engaged in the End Human Trafficking Now! campaign.
ManpowerGroup was the first company to sign the Athens Ethical Principles, which declare a "zero tolerance" policy for working with any entity, which benefits in any way, from human trafficking. This includes our clients, vendors and business partners. Our effort to engage more companies in support of the Principles has resulted in more than 12,000 organizations signing up directly, or through the commitment of their industry federations. We have also secured the support of a number of global union organizations. Visit End Human Trafficking Now for more information about trafficking and the global fight to end it.
We invite you and your company to join us and stand up against human trafficking by signing the Athens Ethical Principles by completing our form.
Row For Freedom
ManpowerGroup has teamed up with anti-trafficking organization Sport Against Trafficking to support its Row For Freedom campaign. Five ordinary women are rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to raise money for charities that support the victims of human trafficking. They are traveling from The Canary Islands to Barbados on a route previously used as part of the Atlantic slave trade.
The Row for Freedom Team in San Sebastian, La Gomera.
The start of the race.
The Row for Freedom Team with UK Prime Minister David Cameron.
Preventing Human Trafficking in Colombia
In the summer of 2010, Manpower was featured as a case study in the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) report, Human Trafficking and Business: Good Practices to Prevent and Combat Human Trafficking. With the financial support of the Embassy of Belgium in Colombia, Manpower Colombia and the International Organization of Migration (IOM) joined together for an anti-trafficking project in Medellín, Colombia's second largest city. This project was part of Manpower Colombia's larger program, Jóvenes Visionarios (Visionary Young People), which has serves more than 250 youths since 2007.
Internally displaced persons in Colombia are primarily women and young people, who are more vulnerable to human trafficking because they are disproportionately affected by unemployment, discrimination, and lack of training opportunities. The Manpower and IOM partnership program targets youth approaching the age of 18 years, when they'll have to transition from government assistance to legal independence. Program participants gain access to training facilities, equipment, instructors, courses and books, and vocational assessments and career guidance, in addition to psychological counseling to help them transition to independence. Manpower and IOM also follow up with participants during and after the intense period of the program to track their progress and offer support. To learn more about the Manpower and IOM project, visit www.iom.int.
Key members of the Manpower Colombia Jovenes Visionarios team and students in the program.
Students learn skills that make them more employable and less vulnerable to the risk of human trafficking.
Learn how ManpowerGroup became a leading global voice in the fight against human trafficking