Consortium Contre l’Esclavage Moderne

Consortium Against Modern Slavery

The Consortium Contre l’Esclavage Moderne (CCEM) is a collaboration between international human rights experts and data scientists from Trilateral Research and the UN Global Compact Network UK, in strategic partnership with the largest business association in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) - the Fédération des Entreprises du Congo (FEC) - and the Labour Inspectorates of North and South Kivu.

Over the next two years, the team will support the strengthening of social norms around non-use of modern slavery in Eastern DRC and implement training and capacity building to operationalise global frameworks and legislation.

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The CCEM will explore and develop methodologies for businesses to conduct human rights assessments and understand their supply chain risks against modern slavery issues in compliance with international standards and legislation. Utilising Natural Language Processing (NLP) abilities, the project aims to create more meaningful and measurable data to provide greater transparency to investors, developing principles that can be used in other sectors and regions.

This project is funded by the Home Office’s Modern Slavery Innovation Fund (MSIF) - and builds upon the valuable lessons learned from the Partnership Against Child Exploitation (PACE), a project supported by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, which implemented a range of innovative approaches to generate evidence on how to effectively reduce the worst forms of child labour, with a view to informing future policy and programming.

For further information, please reach out to Benafsha Delgado, Head of Social Sustainability, or Cora Edwards, Senior Project Manager – Social Sustainability.

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″ Strengthening social norms against modern slavery, in a context where it is difficult for DRC businesses and the wider private sector to engage, has the potential to be extremely powerful. My hope is that the programme will promote greater transparency, increase the exchange of information, and demonstrate that it’s possible to conduct more rigorous due diligence in difficult markets.″ 

Steve Kenzie,
Executive Director,
UN Global Compact Network UK

Further Resources:

  • CCEM Press release (2023)
  • Global Slavery Index (Walk Free)
    The Global Slavery Index (GSI) provides national estimates of modern slavery for 160 countries. Walk Free’s estimates draw on thousands of interviews with survivors collected through nationally representative household surveys across 75 countries and our assessment of national-level vulnerability.

Other Organisations Working Against Modern Slavery:

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