Business Must Address Human Rights—Now: An Interview with David Arkless, President, Global Corporate and Government Affairs of ManpowerGroup - CSR Minute for January 8, 2013

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Business Must Address Human Rights—Now: An Interview with David Arkless, President, Global Corporate and Government Affairs of ManpowerGroup - CSR Minute for January 8, 2013

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Manpower and CSR: How We Do It

In this three-part interview, David Arkless, President, Corporate and Government Affairs of Manpower, talks about how Manpower’s business strategy aligns with CSR, the company’s three-part CSR strategy, and why business must address human rights.

Part 1: Manpower is a People Company

Part 2: A Three-Part CSR Strategy

Part 3: Why Business Must Address Human Rights—Now

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 3:15pm

At the BSR session I was just in, the moderator said, what we want to be seeing 20 years from now when we come to this meeting? I said, well, first of all I’ll be dead by then, but 20 years is unacceptable, it needs to be two years and we really need some very, very high touch, very business process-driven solutions to the supply and demand chain that we see around the world.  We’re working very closely now with the UN Office of Drugs and Crime, State Department Office of Trafficking in Persons, the UN, the International Labor Office, the International Organization of Migration to put some real all round solutions in place because you can’t fix this from one angle, you can’t just say if we got every company to check their supply chains right back we’d stop slave labor and you can’t just say we need to invest in helping the global policing communities because they’re the one that can stop the criminal gangs.  You can’t just focus on the governmental issues of having battle legislation inside of countries and between countries to protect migrate workers, you can’t just all of a sudden raise the funding of High Commission for Refugees to give 38 million people a job.  So this is really complex interlinked work and I think the big difference of the business community has being able to make over the last six or seven years is to understand how complex the situation is and where the touch points are between not-for-profits, international organizations, police authorities and global corporations.  So, what we’re trying to do is to produce a much more comprehensive solution to address some of the biggest human rights problems in the world.

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