Although Human Trafficking Awareness Month is soon coming to a close, our engagement with this human rights issue should continue well beyond January.
Human trafficking is the world’s fastest-growing criminal activity, claiming more than 20 million victims. Despite certain groups being more susceptible, human trafficking does not discriminate. A victim could be a friend, your neighbor, the waitress at your favorite deli, or someone you walked past this morning. It is an ongoing problem that needs ongoing confrontation.
As we discussed last week, we believe that social enterprises have a significant role to play in confronting human trafficking. If you didn’t get a chance to see last week’s blog post, we highlighted three organizations doing some amazing work:
- Made for Them – An Ethical Brand Combating Human Trafficking
- Thistle Farms – Heal, Empower, and Employ
- BRANDED Collective – Rebuilding Lives, Repurposing Jewelry
Not only are these organizations rehabilitating survivors of human trafficking through employment and social services, they address the roots of human trafficking through their business models. Social enterprises are businesses that apply commercial strategies while maximizing social impact. Due to their commitment to human and environmental welfare, social enterprises support ethical labor and supply chains. And they put their profits toward solutions.
Here at CiTTA, we believe in joining the ongoing fight against human trafficking through the power of a mission-driven economy. If you’re interested in staying on top of this issue, some great resources include Polaris (named after the North Star guiding slaves to freedom in the U.S.) and End Slavery Now.
If you’re an impact investor or part of a business interested in learning more about the risk of forced labor in your global supply chain, check out Know the Chain.
And if you’re part of a social enterprise making a difference, we’d love to hear more about you!