Ending human trafficking is an ongoing effort, and there is no single avenue or set of actions that can permanently halt this deep-rooted practice. How can an organization with a broad portfolio of skill sets and experience, like Deloitte, deploy its resources most effectively in this struggle?

Human trafficking is an increasingly illicit enterprise, and it’s estimated that today there are 40.3 million slaves worldwide.1 Human trafficking poses a significant, complex, and dynamic global social challenge. It nets an estimated $150 billion in profits for perpetrators each year while exploiting millions of economically vulnerable men, women, and children across the globe.2

In 2015, the United Nations developed a group of 17 goals related to sustainable development. One of those, Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8.7, calls for the eradication of forced labor, modern slavery, and human trafficking. Reaching that milestone requires more than legal systems and enforcement. It demands a deep understanding of the tools and methods traffickers use to exploit, operate, and evade. These networks hide not only from governments but also from corporations, nonprofits, and individuals. Building awareness, developing partnerships, and informing the public are vital steps to curbing and ultimately eliminating human trafficking.

In addition to coming together across the Deloitte ecosystem, we also come together with various third parties and clients across the anti-human trafficking effort. We work with nonprofits, large and small companies, local and state governments, federal agencies, and international organizations to help them advance anti-human trafficking efforts. For more than a decade, our engagement teams have completed work in data analysis, strategy, direct service provision, financial strategy, supply chain, and other areas domestically and internationally. See below for a few examples:

  • World Wildlife Fund (WWF): News coverage and research revealed labor violations in the farmed shrimp value chain in several Southeast Asian countries, creating potential business concerns for retailers, wholesalers, and resellers that are members of a task force charged with eliminating these practices. To assist the WWF in addressing these labor concerns and comply with impending regulations, Deloitte documented the information flow in the existing Thai shrimp supply chain, articulated the business requirements for a software system, identified potential buy-and-build software solutions, and outlined key considerations for the task force to evaluate the success of a traceability software implementation. Deloitte’s findings helped WWF begin work to automate and digitize a traceability system across the farmed shrimp supply chain in Thailand, innovating and transforming processes moving forward.
  • US Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office) Grants Performance Management and Analytics: Deloitte assisted the TIP Office in developing a more effective data and information management process, which helped the TIP Office to give more insightful policy recommendations and leading practices to the wider anti-trafficking community. Deloitte created improved tools for grant recipient evaluation, which enabled all allocated funds to go to the programs that demonstrate the most data-informed practices to combat trafficking, built data models to help manage real-time and future trends, and developed a repository of leading practices and knowledge to be shared with partners, including other agencies in the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF). Deloitte’s work helped the TIP Office to better fulfill its mission to combat human trafficking by empowering it to make data-driven policy decisions, give richer recommendations on leading practices, and support the organizations proven to be most successful at fighting modern slavery.
  • DC Human Trafficking Task Force: Deloitte provided a comprehensive, current-state assessment of services for trafficking survivors in the Washington, DC area so that services could be more readily accessed and systemic gaps in care could be brought to light. Deloitte helped the launch of the DC Human Trafficking Task Force (DC HTTF) by bringing together the network of advocates and service providers working on anti-human trafficking in the Washington, DC region. Deloitte’s assistance helped stakeholders to gain a better understanding of the current services available to survivors in the DC metro area, in order to uncover any gaps in care. The task force also provided law enforcement with practical tools to facilitate and streamline the referral process for survivors.
  • Deloitte Leadership in Civil Society Organizations (CSOs): Deloitte leaders in the anti-human trafficking group also serve on the executive boards of multiple leading anti-human trafficking CSOs. For example, Sir Rob Wainwright, partner, Deloitte North West Europe, is a board member for the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS). Similarly, Nes Parker, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP, serves on the executive board for international nonprofit Free the Slaves, and Jessica Galimore, manager, Deloitte Consulting LLP, serves on the board of DC-based nonprofit Karana Rising.

Deloitte Consulting LLP was honored to be recognized with the Excellence in Social & Community Investments Award by Consulting® Magazine for our pro bono work with the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery.

Read Deloitte’s thought leadership about human trafficking here.

What was the impact?
As an illicit activity designed to avoid detection, human trafficking is difficult to monitor and track—precise data can be elusive, and measuring impact is challenging. Deloitte’s efforts are designed to advance tools, prevention strategies, and collaborative approaches to help organizations address technical and operational challenges while centering on the needs and rights of survivors. Join us in thinking boldly about what is needed for governments, nonprofits, businesses, and global society to be successful in combatting human trafficking.


Learn more about Deloitte’s engagements in addressing human trafficking: AHT D.com page
Anti-Human Trafficking Articles and Insights page




1https://www.ilo.org/global/publications/books/WCMS_575479/lang--en/index.htm
2https://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/newsroom/news/WCMS_243201/lang--en/index.htm

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