Morning Breakout Session 3 | Human Rights Protection: Company Responsibility to Combat Human Trafficking

At its core, it is a people issue, more than a company issue. Companies, however, are in a position to take a leading global stance, working with local governments and better serving and committing resources to communities in need.  Sometimes all it takes is thought leadership embedded in troubled regions, but taking care to swiftly shift from voice to action.  Sex trafficking, child labor, and exploitation of works are some of the most menacing aspects of this issue, amounting to modern slavery.  Despite the severity of these acts, they can buried deep inside the supply chain and escape even the most shrewd due diligence.  The U.S. Department of State’s 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report estimated over 200,000 identified victims of trafficking since 2010 based on global law enforcement data.  One can only imagine how many thousands more victims are unreported or unidentified.  This panel will focus on the company values, CSR & compliance involvement, cultural challenges, ethical responsibility, and action needed to eradicate a social struggle that threatens human rights and dignity worldwide.

  • Aarti Maharaj, Executive Editor and Director of Digital Content, Ethisphere

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  • Ernie Allen, Co-Founder, President & CEO (Retired), The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)


  • Letty Ashworth, Director, Global Diversity, Delta Air Lines


  • Theresa Loar, Senior Vice President Global Corporate Affairs, CH2M


  • Kimberly Shur, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Global Compliance

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