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gBCAT accomplishes its mission by supporting companies through the following:

• Providing a resource for orientation and operational guidance to companies who desire to understand human trafficking and how it affects business.

• Championing and disseminating best practices in business to end human trafficking, including all forms of forced labor and sex trafficking.

• Driving connections between businesses and governments, international organizations, non-profits and civil society for the purpose of knowledge- and idea-sharing on solutions to address human trafficking.



• Training and Education: Employee, vendor and sub-contractor training programs.

• Supply Chain: Identifying and preventing forced labor in supply chains and operations.

• Sex Trafficking: Raising awareness of company policies to combat sex trafficking notably in travel and tourism.

• Communication and Outreach: Thought leadership and transfer of best practices.



To mobilize the power, resources and thought leadership of the business community to end human trafficking, including all forms of forced labor and sex trafficking




Modern Slavery Defined

“Trafficking in Persons” and “Human Trafficking” have been used as umbrella terms for the act of recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing, or obtaining a person for compelled labor or commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000 (Pub. L. 106-386), as amended, and the Palermo Protocol describe this compelled service using a number of different terms, including involuntary servitude, slavery or practices similar to slavery, debt bondage, and forced labor.

Human trafficking can include but does not require movement. People may be considered trafficking victims regardless of whether they were born into a state of servitude, were transported to the exploitative situation, previously consented to work for a trafficker, or participated in a crime as a direct result of being trafficked. At the heart of this phenomenon is the traffickers’ goal of exploiting and enslaving their victims and the myriad coercive and deceptive practices they use to do so.

Board of Directors

  • Robert Rigby-Hall


    Robert Rigby-Hall is Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer for NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ: NXPI) a global semiconductor company with operations in more than 25 countries, 26,000 employees and revenues in excess of US$4 billion. With over 25 years of global experience as an HR leader for large global corporations; he is unique in his field in that he has run businesses and lived and worked internationally in the UK, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the United States.

    Robert is involved in industry organizations and is a speaker at business conferences around the world, including the Beijing International Publishing Forum, Financial Services Technology Expo, Annual Recruitment Learning Conference, Net Impact Conference, The Human Resource Forum, Global Roundtable on Advanced Management Education Reform, The Vatican / U.S. Department of State – Building Bridges to Freedom, and CEO Connections.

    He sits on the Advisory Boards of Kiddy & Partners, Qualigence and The Economist Education. He is the past Chair of Boys Town of New York; past Chair of the Somaly Mam Foundation; and Co-Chair of the Global Business Coalition Against Human Trafficking. In 2010 he was awarded the “Business Leader Award” by the UN Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking & UN Global Compact.

    He attended Portsmouth University in the United Kingdom and completed the Harvard Executive Development Program and the Kellogg Certificate in Corporate Board Governance at Northwestern University. Robert has three school-age children and lives in Singapore.

  • Dawn Conway


    Dawn Conway is currently the CEO of Boost Engagement, a group of companies delivering engaging solutions for corporate branding and promotion. Previously Dawn was Chief Operating Officer for Cision US, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based PR software, services and tools for the marketing and public relations industry..

    Prior to joining Cision in 2012, Conway spent over 20 years at LexisNexis in a number of key leadership positions including serving as Senior Vice President, Corporate Responsibility for LexisNexis. In this role she led a number of initiatives focused on advancing the rule of law and is a founding member of the Global Business Coalition Against Human Trafficking. Conway is the recipient of the 2011 Nomi Network Corporate Social Responsibility Award and a frequent speaker on the role of business in combatting human trafficking.

    Her public speaking engagements include Engaging Business: Addressing Human Trafficking in Labor Sourcing sponsored by the U.S. Council International Business, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and International Organization of Employers; Creating the Ripple Effect: the Global Women’s Initiative sponsored by Womenetics; CSR and Human Trafficking What Every Business Needs to Know The Role of Business in Human Trafficking; Social Entrepreneur Conference hosted by the Harvard Business School and Kennedy School of Business and HumanTrafficking and The Rule of Law; the World Justice Forum III.

    Conway is the co-author of Doing Well by Doing Good “CSR for Bars” published in the Spring 2012 Bar Leader Magazine, an ABA publication. She has her J.D. and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, National Association of Women Lawyers and a member of the American Bar Association Anti Human Trafficking Presidential Task Force

  • David Arkless

    (Founding Counselor)

    David Arkless was until 2013, ManpowerGroup’s Global President of Corporate and Government Affairs.  Mr. Arkless is a world-renowned expert on labor market trends and has widespread experience of helping countries to develop their labor market strategies. In 2011, he became Vice President of Ciett, the international confederation of private employment agencies.  He is responsible for governmental and international affairs, and as such has been called to advise the governments of China, Mexico, Vietnam, Serbia and Singapore, as well as to the US Department of State, the European Union and the cities of Shanghai, Tianjin, Dalian and El Paso/Juarez regarding skills, talent, employment and social policy. In May 2010, he became Vice President of the China International Council for the Promotion of Multinational Corporations (CICPMC) in Beijing and is an advisor and supporter of the All Party Political Group on East Asia, empowering the Asian diaspora in the UK society and building links between the East Asian and UK business communities. Mr. Arkless also managed ManpowerGroup’s strategic relationships with high-profile organizations such as the World Economic Forum, where he is one of the founding members of the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on the Skills Gap. He also supports partnerships with the European Policy Centre and the Clinton Global Initiative, and is an Ambassador for the Centre For Social Justice, an independent think tank based in the UK.

    His global areas of social contribution involve, amongst others, being a highly influential campaigner in the fight to end human trafficking and giving refugees real hope for the future through training and work.  Mr. Arkless was President of the Board of End Human Trafficking Now, the leading global organization empowering the business community to eradicate human trafficking and modern day slavery, and co-founder of the Washington Business Ending Slavery and Trafficking organization, launched in the first quarter 2012, a not for profit focusing on mobilizing small to medium sized enterprises against trafficking in the US.   He has also been at the forefront of ManpowerGroup’s involvement in, a UN initiative to provide education to the 9 million young refugees all over the world. Mr. Arkless is also a founding member of the Demand Abolition Advisory Council, based in the United States.  Additionally, Mr. Arkless serves as an Advisory Board Member of both the International Organization for Migration and the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He also serves as a Board Member of Education For Employment, the pre-eminent US-based foundation that helps unemployed young people and the long-term unemployed in the Middle East and Africa. He is also a board member of the Club of The Hague. In 2011, Mr. Arkless joined the advisory board of PNB-NAPEO a public-private partnership that exists to better link young entrepreneurs and business leaders in the United States and the Maghreb.  Earlier this year, he was voted onto the Board of the Arab International Women’s Forum – an organization empowering women and working on inclusion in the Arab world as well as building bi-lateral business links between the Arab world and British business.

    He serves as a regular speaker at high profile events including the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations, European Parliament, UK Parliament & House of Lords Select Committees, US Congressional and Senate committees, and at various internationally renowned business schools. Mr. Arkless also led ManpowerGroup’s involvement with the United States Council on Competitiveness.  Mr. Arkless received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Durham, UK and has completed executive programs at INSEAD, IMD, and the San Jose College of Business.  Mr. Arkless is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London.

  • Ambassador Mark P. Lagon

    (Founding Counselor)

    Mark P. Lagon is Chief Policy Officer for Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He is Founding Counselor of GBCAT and serves on its Board of Directors.

    Lagon previously held positions at Georgetown University, and was Executive Director and CEO of the leading anti-human trafficking nonprofit, Polaris Project, which operates the U.S. Government’s national anti-trafficking hotline (1-888-3737-888).

    From 2007 to 2009, with rank of Ambassador, Lagon directed the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP) at the U.S. Department of State. As such, he chaired by statute the Senior Policy Operating Group coordinating all U.S. agencies efforts to combat human trafficking domestically and internationally.

    From 2004 to 2007, Lagon served in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs at the U.S. Department of State as Deputy Assistant Secretary, where he had lead responsibility for United Nations-related human rights and humanitarian issues, UN reform, and outreach.

    Lagon previously served as a member of the Secretary of State Colin Powell’s Policy Planning Staff, where he focused on UN, democracy and human rights (2002-2004).

    From 1999 to 2002, he was on the senior staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, with responsibility including the United Nations and human rights.

    Previously he won a Council on Foreign Relations Fellowship, where he specialized on U.S. policymaking toward in China (1998-1999); served at House Republican Policy Committee (1997-1998); worked for former UN Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick as her principal aide at the American Enterprise Institute.

    Dr. Lagon is currently a Member of the Leo Nevas Task Force on Human Rights of United Nations Association; the Board of Directors of the Council for a Community of Democracies, as well as the Advisory Boards of ECPAT-USA (End Child Prostitution Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) and The Stanley Foundation.

    He is author of the book, The Reagan Doctrine: Sources of American Conduct in the Cold War’s Last Chapter, and dozens of published essays on human trafficking, human rights, the UN, and U.S. policy making, notably regarding China. He is co-editor with Anthony Arend of the forthcoming book, Human Dignity and the Future of Global Institutions. He has a Ph.D. from Georgetown University and an A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard College.

  • John E. Pepper, Jr.

    (Founding Counselor)

    Mr. Pepper spent a 40 year career in various positions at Procter & Gamble, including Chief Executive Officer and Chairman from 1995 – 1999 and Chairman of the Board from 2000 – 2002. He served as Director of Procter & Gamble from 1984 – 2003 and President from 1986 – 1995.

    John E. Pepper, Jr. currently serves as Co-Chairman of the Board of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and was CEO from January 2006 – May 2007. Mr. Pepper served as Chairman of the Board of the Walt Disney Company from January 2007 through March 2012 and had served as a member of its board since January 2006. He also served as Vice President of Finance and Administration at Yale University from January 2004 to December 2005.

    Pepper also serves on the Board of the Stellar Restaurant Group (Boloco) and was a co-founder and currently is a member of the Executive Committee of the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative.

    Pepper graduated from Yale in 1960, where he served on the Board of the Yale Daily News. He served as Fellow of the Yale Corporation from 1995 – 2003, including two years as Senior Fellow.

    A native of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, Mr. Pepper holds honorary doctorate degrees from Yale University, Xavier University, Mount St. Joseph College, St. Petersburg University (Russia), the Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati and St. Joseph’s University.

    Mr. Pepper and his wife Francie have four children and reside in Wyoming, Ohio.

Case Studies


Supply Chain

Sex Trafficking

Human Trafficking

Communication and


The mission of gBCAT Supply Chain Subcommittee is to reduce risks of human trafficking in business operations by exchanging best practices and sharing information among companies, and by developing tools to prevent, detect and eradicate forced labor in supply chains. During the Subcommittee meetings, members exchange points of view and share best practices to manage human trafficking impacts in complex supply chains. Currently, the Subcommittee is working on a Supply Chain Toolkit that will include the following components:

•  Anti-trafficking policies assessment tool

•  Tool for detecting risks of products manufactured with forced labor

• Strategies for mapping supply chains in a cost-effective manner

• Questionnaire for assessing suppliers’ compliance with company anti-trafficking policies

•  Best practices compilation and case studies

The mission of gBCAT Sex Trafficking Subcommittee is to develop innovative policies and tools to address sex trafficking, especially in the travel and hospitality industry. During the Subcommittee meetings, members exchange their experiences and challenges in developing and raising awareness of company policies. The Subcommittee is working on a Sex Trafficking Toolkit that will include the following components:

• Strategies for detecting sex trafficking instances

• Policies and procedures for what may or may not be done if trafficking is suspected

• Strategies to raise awareness on company anti-trafficking policies among employees

• Strategies on how employees can get involved in the solution by personally volunteering at a shelter and making financial contributions, including the creation of company matching programs

• Compilation of best practices and case studies

gBCAT will develop training resources for orientation and operational guidance to companies who desire to understand human trafficking and how it affects business.  Separate training programs will be created for supply chain and for the travel and hospitality industry.

In supply chain, gBCAT will develop additional modules to the e-learning tool developed by Microsoft Corporation together with EHTN and UN.GIFT. In the travel and hospitality industry, gBCAT will develop a core curriculum following the example of our members Delta Air Lines and Carlson Rezidor. Training programs will be then customized to the specific needs of each company/industry.

gBCAT believes that a multi-stakeholder collaborative approach is key to succeed in the fight against human trafficking. gBCAT is continuously seeking partnerships with governments, international organizations, non-profits and civil society in order to identify and formulate solutions to prevent forced labor in supply chains and business operations, and to raise awareness among the business community and the general public. gBCAT frequently organizes and participates in conferences and forums to discuss emerging challenges and solutions.

Corporate Brochure

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Past Events

JANUARY 10, 2014, 9:30am – 3:00pm
Hosted by Delta Air Lines
1030 Delta Blvd
Atlanta, Georgia

Sponsored by the Global Business Coalition Against Human Trafficking – gBCAT

Join us for a business-to-business discussion on how companies can get involved in the fight against human trafficking:

This conference will focus on business solutions to address emerging challenges in managing human trafficking risks, including mapping supply chains, hiring migrant workers, training employees, implementing codes of conduct and anti-trafficking reporting. The panelists will emphasize practical ways any company and their employees can use to get involved in the fight against trafficking, offering tools, networks and sharing best practices. This event is directed to CSR, supply chain, HR, legal and compliance  leaders,  interested in human trafficking, in networking with other likeminded professionals and in getting straight responses to hard questions.

The event will feature panels with experts in the following topics:

• Human Trafficking Update: New Anti-Trafficking Legislation

• Best Practices in Hiring Migrant Workers

• The Role of Technology in Human Trafficking

• Best Practices to Fight Human Trafficking in the Travel, Hospitality and Entertainment Industries

• Challenges of Managing Human Trafficking Impacts in Complex Supply Chains

For more information please contact us at

What Can the U.S. Government and American Companies Do to End Human Trafficking?

On December 5, gBCAT Directors Ambassador Mark Lagon and Letty Ashworth (Delta Air Lines) joined Cindy McCain to discuss multi-stakeholder collaborative approaches for fighting human trafficking and insisted on the need of bringing governments, NGOs and businesses together to reduce the number of trafficking victims. The event was organized by Human Rights First as part of their 2013 Human Rights Summit.

(Read more here)

Preventing Child Trafficking & Exploitation: Strategies and Programmes That Work!

On the International Day of the Rights of the Child, November 19, gBCAT Co-Chair David Arkless, joined other human trafficking experts on a panel addressing the ways that governments and civil society, including children themselves, have taken steps to stop trafficking, as well as the critical success factors in the efficacy of official state-sponsored programmes and those implemented by civil society. The panel was hosted by the UN Headquarters in New York.


  • 2014 TIP Report

    The U.S. Department of State Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is a comprehensive document outlining government efforts in the fight against human trafficking. It includes an assessment of the anti-trafficking framework of countries globally. Each country is placed onto one of three tiers based on the national government’s efforts to tackle human trafficking.

  • Dark Chocolate

    gBCAT member LexisNexis partnered with STOP THE TRAFFIK to develop a white paper dedicated to understanding the impact of human trafficking on the global cocoa supply chain.  The resources leverages LexisNexis' extensive database of digital articles, which includes nearly 500 English-language articles related to global human trafficking and cocoa supply chains.

  • Human Trafficking e-learning Course

    This e-learning course is designed to provide a better understanding of human trafficking and its challenges. Designed to serve as an interactive, web-based resource, the e-learning tool will help identify the potential risks of human trafficking in a business and point out actions that can be taken to address them. The e-learning course was created by UN.GIFT and the EHTN! Campaign, with the support of private partners. The tool is technically developed and sponsored by Microsoft.

  • Profits and Poverty: The Economics of Forced Labor

    According to this new ILO report, forced labor in the private economy generates $150 billion in illegal profits every year, about three times more than previously estimated. This report contains detailed information on the profits generated by different types of forced labor and breakdowns by region, industry and vulnerable populations.

  • Trafficking in Persons Report 2013

    The Trafficking in Persons Report is a comprehensive resource for the study of government efforts in the fight against human trafficking. It includes an examination of the anti-trafficking framework of countries around the world. Each country is placed onto one of three tiers based on the government’s efforts to tackle human trafficking.

  • U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

    The U.N. Guiding Principles represent the first internationally endorsed set of guidelines on business and human rights. The Principles, developed by former UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on business and human rights, John Ruggie, are organized under the “Protect, Respect and Remedy” framework.

  • U.S. Department of Labor’s List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor, 2013

    This list provide businesses with valuable information to conduct risk assessments in supply chains. It includes a breakdown of products by country that are suspected to be manufactured with child labor or forced labor. The list is updated annually.

  • ILO Global Estimate of Forced Labour 2012

    According to the ILO, an estimated 20.9 million people are victims of forced labor globally. This report provides information on the methodology that is use for calculating forced labor victims and offers a breakdown of victims by region, type of forced labor, sex and age.

  • United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children

    The UN Trafficking Protocol is one of the three Palermo Protocols that supplements the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime. It establishes the international legal framework for the fight against human trafficking based on the three internationally recognized themes of prevention, protection and prosecution (the 3Ps) and national and international cooperation and coordination.

  • Trafficking Victims Protection Act

    The TVPA is a US law that addresses all aspects of human trafficking including prevention, protection of victims and prosecution of perpetrators. The Act has been reauthorized by Congress several times in order to enhance some of its provisions.


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