The business case for boards to consider human trafficking in setting strategy

Here’s an excerpt from this blog by Gunster’s Bob Lamm:

So it is with human trafficking. There is a strong case to be made why businesses need to work on its elimination, but we need to make that case. One of the key components of that case should be apparent to us all; can you say “supply chain”? As boards increasingly take deep dives into how their companies address supply chain challenges, they should ask questions about the components of their supply chains: Where are goods coming from? Are they the products of forced labor? Child labor? If that doesn’t move a board, how about reputation? How would the company’s investors, employees, customers, and others react if they learned that its products are produced by women who are virtually enslaved, making far less than what we euphemistically call “subsistence wages”? How would that play out in the media?