No business, government or individual can address the crimes of modern slavery in isolation.
Collaboration is crucial
About The Forum
In a world first, the Bali Process Government and Business Forum provides a strategic platform for collaboration. It brings together influential business leaders and ministers from 45 countries and four UN organisations. The focus is to implement regional strategies which complement global efforts to eradicate forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour under Sustainable Development Goal Target 8.7.
A collective endeavour
In 2002, the Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime was established as a regional forum for policy dialogue, information sharing and practical cooperation to help the region address these shared challenges. Ministers acknowledge that Governments have the key responsibility for responding to these human rights abuses but to effectively combat them, partnership with business is essential. Operating across borders and industries, businesses have unique tools and leverage to respond to the risk of abusive practices. In 2016, at the Sixth Bali Process Ministerial Conference, governments decided to engage more closely with the private sector to combat these crimes. Accordingly, the Bali Process Government and Business Forum was created as a business track of the Bali Process. It was launched in 2017 in Perth, Western Australia. 40 business leaders representing 29 member states participated in the inaugural meeting, along with representatives of 37 governments and 4 international organisations.
The 2018 Nusa Dua Forum
The 2018 Government and Business Forum was held in Nusa Dua, Indonesia in August 2018 aligning with the Seventh Bali Process Ministerial Conference. There was a record high level of attendance by ministers, businesses and other delegates. Ministers confirmed the Forum would be a permanent additional track to the Bali Process, and in a world first, endorsed the “AAA Recommendations“. Leaders committed to implement the AAA Recommendations.