Cardinal Nichols addresses business leaders at anti-trafficking meeting

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, president of the Santa Marta Group, addressed business leaders at an anti-trafficking meeting in New York today (22 May).

He called for businesses to put the human at the centre of their efforts and make the struggle against human trafficking a priority.

Businesses present included Unilever, Coca-Cola and legal firms.

“Traffickers are organised; we are not. We all need to co-ordinate our efforts and this demands less ego; less fear about reputation. Let’s be honest about our failings; honest about the problems and collaborate.

Every business transaction involves a human interaction. Businesses need to re-humanise their efforts.

This struggle against trafficking cannot be put into the corporate social responsibility box or because of potential liability. This struggle requires a radical commitment to the human.”