Workshop: Human Trafficking and Companies Reaction

Speakers: Hercules Moskoff (Greek National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings), Pakis Papademetriou (CSR Hellas Vice-Chair of the B.o.D. – Manager, Corporate Quality, International Athens Airport), Dr. Fiori Zafiropoulou (Lecturer on Social Entrepreneurship & Expert in “Aephoria” Incubator & “The Nest” Social Enterprise), Kostas Kalargiros (OD & Sustainability Director Delhaize SEE Region), Ioannis Triantafillis (General Director, Central Markets and Fishing Organization), Stefanos Kirlis (Chair, Commerce Association of Athens Vegetable Market)
Moderator: Nicholas Vafiadis (Journalist)

As part of the «Break the Chain» festival during the weekend of 24 & 25 October, in an effort to succeed cooperation among different actors, CSR Hellas in collaboration with Greek National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings Office, organized the workshop “Human Trafficking and Companies Reaction”.

As noted, the partnership and cooperation between institutions, experts, public authorities and the private sector in order to eliminate these phenomena, are necessary. During the workshop it was stressed that human trafficking involves the market, thus companies. For this reason it is necessary to strengthen a more “out-of-the-box” perception and enlarge the circle of professionals who get in contact with potential victims. Another proposal was to strengthen preventive actions, over therapeutic ones after the crime has been completed.

All speakers dwelt on responsible supply chain management as a measure of preventing or treating the phenomenon and beyond. Information and awareness should reach up to the last link in the supply or production chain, i.e. at its base, while simultaneously making clear that human trafficking is ultimately harming everyone.

In this context, it was stressed that CSR Hellas makes strong efforts, as autonomous body but also in its capacity as coordinator of the United Nations Global Compact Network Hellas Secretariat, to disseminate the best practices of -more often- large companies to smaller ones and to pass on one hand, that the responsible operation of a business is not expensive and on the other, in each case, any costs in this direction must be considered as an investment. In this frame and as part of the matter, there was mentioned the phenomenon of gender based violence and how companies address it, as well as a sneak preview of the results from the respective research conducted by CSR Hellas among and even beyond its members, as partner of the CARVE co-funded project.

Moreover, it was stressed the importance of the business world to combat human trafficking; thus, the need to support entrepreneurship through specific structures (incubators). There was also discussion about the role of social entrepreneurship in any effort.

Special raising awareness and employee training programs towards victims’ social reintegration with psychological support and hiring policies in Greece and abroad were mentioned. It is worth noting that in addition to the efforts made to optimize the victims’ qualifications (education, learning the language spoken in the country of installation, CV writing etc.), there are particular anti-discrimination corporate recruitment policies, to eliminate social exclusion phenomena against victims of trafficking/exploitation, because of the stigma they are likely to bear.

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