Our Mission

The mission of GBCAT is to harness the power of business across sectors to prevent and reduce modern slavery, and support survivors.

Learn more about how GBCAT is helping companies fight modern slavery by downloading the overview below. 

Our Focus Areas

We have taken a strategic approach to identifying our areas of focus. We began in 2017 by mapping the landscape of emerging anti-slavery initiatives, collaborations, and resources already available for businesses. Our research map is publicly available at www.modernslaverymap.org.

The mapping allowed us to identify white space where opportunities for business to advance anti-slavery efforts were not being met with existing groups. This led us to decide on three areas of focus: survivor empowerment and employment, SME capability building, and navigation of existing resources, such as through our modern slavery map.

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Why Is This Important?
Survivors of human trafficking are more susceptible to fall back into exploitation if there are limited economic opportunities available. GBCAT aims to help trafficking survivors break the cycle of exploitation by connecting ready and able trafficking survivors with job skills training and sustainable employment opportunities.

What Is GBCAT Doing?
We are developing a guide explaining why and how business can employ and empower human trafficking survivors.

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Why Is This Important?
Some of the greatest risks associated with modern slavery lie in a company’s supply chain, especially within SMEs. While SMEs are on the frontline of combating modern slavery, they often lack the knowledge and/or capacity to manage this risk effectively. GBCAT aims to build capacity among SMEs to prevent and address modern slavery and to participate in responsible global supply chains.

What Is GBCAT Doing?
Recognizing that SMEs and other suppliers are often on the frontlines of the fight against modern slavery, we are developing a toolkit for SMEs to provide tailored guidance on managing modern slavery risks.

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Why Is This Important?
There are many resources developed for business on modern slavery and organizations partnering with the private sector to fight modern slavery. GBCAT aims to help businesses of all sizes to navigate the landscape of anti-human trafficking tools, trainings, and organizations.

What Is GBCAT Doing?
We launched an interactive database to help business identify organizations that partner with the private sector to combat modern slavery.

Our History

The Global Business Coalition Against Human Trafficking was formed in 2010 by a number of business leaders as a forum for business to understand how modern slavery affects their operations and supply chains, and to design effective and practical solutions to combat trafficking. 

Over the course of its history, GBCAT has hosted several events around the world to highlight the challenges that businesses face in understanding and addressing modern slavery. GBCAT members were also key stakeholders in crafting, supporting, and advancing  adoption of the UK Modern Slavery Act in 2015.

In July 2017, BSR was appointed secretariat to help the initiative grow and more fully realize its mission over the long-term. Under its new scope of work, GBCAT will capitalize on the major organizational strengths, resources, and reach of global businesses to accelerate progress on combating human trafficking.

Current members include Amazon, Carlson, The Coca-Cola Company, Google, Kering, and Microsoft.

GBCAT will continue to benefit from the expertise of founding member Dawn Conway and founding advisors David Arkless and former Ambassador Mark P. Lagon. 

The business community has a critical role to play and needs to be part of
the solution. Joining forces with BSR will further GBCAT’s mission to mobilize the
power, resources and thought leadership of the business community to end human trafficking.
— Dawn Conway, Co-Founder of GBCAT and CEO of Boost Engagement, reflecting on the progress of the group since its inception.