The Impact of Human Trafficking on Today’s Businesses, with Ameena Majid

 

By combining her experience with executive compensation and her passion for human rights, Ameena Majid helps her clients continually adapt to evolving societal and investor expectations on their businesses. Blending legal, practical and human perspectives, Ameena is a trailblazer for companies that want to understand and integrate human rights as a business priority without sacrificing profits in favor of the respect and dignity of human beings in their operations and supply chains. She applies her expertise as an attorney to educate clients on the changing business and legal landscape of addressing human rights and translating it to policy. Ameena is a director with Stop the Traffik USA, a nonprofit affiliate of Stop the Traffik, an international NGO dedicated to using and scaling technology to disrupt human trafficking.

What you will learn in this episode:

  • How Ameena became so deeply involved in the global social justice issue of human trafficking reform by following her interests and passion
  • Why there is a powerful business impact from human trafficking, and why Ameena was excited to use her legal background as a platform to work as an activist for change
  • Why Ameena feels her purpose is to bring her skill set as a business counselor to her role as a voice in the fight against human slavery and other human rights issues
  • Why modern slavery involves more than just sex trafficking but also forced labor, child labor, domestic servitude and many other components of human rights violations
  • Why labor trafficking is a global business issue due to the reliance on supply chains, and how Ameena helps her corporate clients better understand and approach the issue
  • How labor trafficking is an issue that can even affect and impact smaller businesses, and why developing a human rights strategy as a company can be resource-intensive
  • Why the United States has had trouble creating a single, national disclosure law for fighting human trafficking like the United Kingdom has done with its Modern Slavery Act
  • Why transparency in a business supply chain is a key element to help eliminate forced labor, and why some businesses are hesitant to be that transparent
  • What particular business changes Ameena hopes will develop in the future, and why she believes businesses who get truly involved and educated can benefit in many ways
  • How change and awareness within organizations often takes place when one person begins asking questions or recognizing potential risk
  • What important first steps a business owner can take to begin instituting change and addressing the issue of forced labor in their supply chain

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Published by Sharon Spano, Ph.D. February 5, 2020