NFS News Archive Katie Bergman
Rebecca discovered Not For Sale through Twitter in 2009 and was immediately drawn to the entrepreneurial focus as well as the plethora of actionable platforms and tools that Not For Sale offers. Moreover, Rebecca also found it appealing that she could fight modern-day slavery within her own community. Instead of relocating to Washington D.C. or Europe, Rebecca became involved as a Community Abolitionist Leader for her local Not For Sale chapter in Georgia.
At the third Montara Circle held in Montara, California last week, David Batstone welcomed fifty of the most brilliant minds in business, academia, technology, and popular culture, stating “this is where business, philanthropy, and social justice come together. By bridging and combining the diverse expertise of each attendee, Montara Circle serves as an integral solution-generating mechanism that leads to actionable steps to end modern-day slavery.”
New legislation requires all companies in California to report on their efforts to eliminate slavery in their supply chains. The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (SB 657) requires that all companies, retailers, and manufacturers with annual sales of $100 million or more must address and publicly disclose the extent to which their verification, auditing, certification, internal accountability, and training activities impact human trafficking.
In this week’s Bloomberg Businessweek, journalist Ben Skinner exposed unjust labor practices within seafood production. Skinner flags a well-known New Zealand-based seafood company, United Fisheries, which was purchasing and processing fish from vessels that paid their crew members an average of one dollar an hour. In some instances, workers were denied payment and were even threatened with fines if they tried to escape the ship.
More than 4,000 churches in 100 countries have already responded to this call to action by registering for Freedom Sunday on February 26, 2012. The message they seek to disseminate is clear: Set the captives free … by praying, fasting, and giving for freedom. Manifested within this global celebration of freedom is the potential for churches to become further engaged in the movement to end human trafficking. Freedom Sunday can transcend the framework of a one-day event and serve as a transformative learning experience for churches to become long-term “agents of redemption.”