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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE TOPIC “THE PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN HUMAN BEINGS: HOW GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS CAN TACKLE TRAFFICKING IN HUMAN BEINGS IN SUPPLY CHAINS” TO BE HELD IN SOFIA


The British Embassy Sofia and the National Commission for Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings (NCCTHB) jointly organize an international conference on “The public-private partnership in the fight against trafficking in human beings: how government and business can tackle trafficking in human beings in supply chains”. The event will take place on the 26th of September 2019 at the Hilton hotel.

In today’s globalized economy, characterized by complex supply chains, how can buyers and consumers be sure that the goods or services they purchase or procure were not produced by trafficked labour?

 In 2015 the UK adopted groundbreaking legislation which requires commercial organizations operating in the UK with a global turnover reaching £36m sterling pounds to publish a modern slavery (trafficking in human beings) statement each year. Annually, the National Commission focuses on the prevention of trafficking in persons for the purpose of forced labour, considering that our country is affected by this form of crime.

Bulgaria provides many of the products and raw materials that are integral to international supply chains across Europe - especially in the textiles sector. In this context, it is important for businesses to adhere to global standards for prevention of exploitation.

The conference will provide an opportunity to exchange international experience and generate a conversation among local and national government, procurement specialists, suppliers, trade union and business associations. An emphasis will be put on what concrete actions can be taken in respective spheres for prevention, creation of new codes of ethics and encouragement of the support for the reintegration of (potential and real) victims through corporate social responsibility programmes.

The international forum will be opened by H.E. Emma Hopkins OBE, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Bulgaria and Prof. Nikolay Prodanov, Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Chairman of the National Commission.

Within the panels focus will be put on the impact of human trafficking and forced labour on business and on a discussion about adopting different methods for sustainable changes in the development of prevention policies for the crime. Key speakers will be Mrs. Nevena Nikolova, Founder of “Nevena Couture”, The Baroness Young of Hornsey OBE, member of the House of Lords, UK Parliament, Mrs. Klara Skrivankova, expert on Business and Human Rights, representatives of Mondelez Bulgaria, The Light Industry Federation (KNSB), ASOS, The Body Shop, International Organization of Migration, Ethical Trading Initiative, Norway, Shiva Foundation, et. al.