Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery, which forces an estimated 12.3 million people into forced labor or sexual servitude at any given time. Trafficking human beings is now the third largest illegal industry on the planet, following only arms and drug smuggling, and it is present in every country and territory in our network.
ManpowerGroup was the first company to sign the Athens Ethical Principles, which declare a "zero tolerance" policy for working with any entity which benefits in any way from human trafficking. This includes our clients, vendors and business partners. Our effort to engage more companies in support of the principles has resulted in more than 12,000 organizations signing up directly, or through the commitment of their industry federation. We have also secured the support of a number of global union organizations.
ManpowerGroup is in the business of helping to give every willing person access to, and the benefit of, decent work. The illegal and immoral trafficking of human beings takes away what we believe to be a basic human right—to have access to meaningful work which is rewarded in a fair manner.
By implementing these ethical principles throughout our company, ManpowerGroup is contributing to the eradication of human trafficking worldwide.