Our Mission

The mission of GBCAT is to harness the power of business across all sectors to prevent and reduce modern slavery, and support survivors, through collaboration, guidance, and shared resources.

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

Our Focus Areas

GBCAT has taken a strategic approach to identifying its 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 now 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: significant capacity building support for SMEs, developing job skills empowerment and employment opportunities for survivors of trafficking, and providing navigation of existing resources for multinational companies, such as our mapping project.

Please check the website for updates as we move forward.

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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 The Coca-Cola Company, Microsoft Corp., Google, Kering, NXP Semiconductors, Carlson and Boost Engagement.

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.