Business Community Joins Anti-Trafficking Efforts

IOM Deputy Director General, Ndioro Ndiaye, yesterday joined
corporate leaders and personalities from around the world to
discuss how the business community could become more active in
combating human trafficking.

The round table in the Greek capital, Athens, was organized by
the Suzanne Mubarak Women’s International Peace Movement and
assembled companies such as Manpower and Microsoft and
personalities that included Mrs. Mubarak, the wife of Egyptian
president, Hosni Mubarak, Queen Silvia of Sweden, musician Jean
Michel Jarre and representatives from the Ricky Martin Foundation
and Richard Gere’s Healing the Divide foundation.

An immediate outcome was the adoption of seven ethical
principles to guide the business community in dealing with human
trafficking. The participants also agreed to establish a working
group to draft a concrete plan of action for corporate leaders to
become more active in the global fight against trafficking. The
working group includes members of IOM's Business Advisory Board as
well as Interpol, the World Bank, ILO and IOM.

“For some time now we have realized the business community
needs to be more greatly involved in dealing with this issue. This
meeting represents a great step forward with a clear commitment
expressed by all those present. IOM is convinced that this
public/private partnership will be an important and effective asset
in the struggle to put an end to human trafficking," said

For further information, please contact:

Richard Danziger

IOM Head of Counter Trafficking

Mobile: + 41 79 413 6934

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