30 March 2016

Vatican aims to stamp out forced labour from supply chains

The Vatican is taking steps to rid its supply chains of slave labour and is encouraging others to follow its lead. Pope Francis is strongly behind the campaign with Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican secretariat for the economy, recently congratulating the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) on their resolution to fight forced labour issues in global supply chains.

The CGF is a global network of 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries. Cardinal Pell hailed the CGF's decision to adopt the resolution to help prevent slavery as a "giant step forward".

Speaking at the Global Foundation meeting in Rome (Italy), the Cardinal said: “It is against this backdrop that I am pleased to confirm that the Vatican itself will commit to slavery-proofing its own supply chains and I hope that today’s announcements will serve as encouragement for others to follow suit.”

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