Vice-Chancellor pledges to end modern slavery by 2030
30 June 2016
On Thursday 23 June 2016 Professor Kathryn Mitchell, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, pledged her support for the Athens Ethical Principles, which were adopted by the United Nations Global Compact in Athens in 2006.
The event - Action 2030: Ending Modern Slavery Together - was organised by the University of Derby’s International Policing and Justice Institute. 2030 is the United Nations’ deadline for the eradication of all forms of modern slavery and human trafficking; and is one of their sustainable development goals.
Professor Mitchell formally welcomed the Archbishop of Canterbury, which was followed by presentations from David Arkless (former Global President of Corporate & Government Affairs at ManpowerGroup and member of the global Business Coalition Against Trafficking); Professor Kevin Bampton, director of the Institute, the Bishop of Derby and the Archbishop of Canterbury.
After the presentations, Professor Mitchell signed the declaration in the presence of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of Derby, along with senior executives from nine other organisations.
Professor Bampton, commenting on the event, said: “It was an honour and a privilege to welcome the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Institute. We are all delighted that he supports the aims of our campaign that will help improve the lives of tens of thousands of people around the globe who are being trafficked.
“Many companies in the developed world unwittingly support human trafficking, especially when they employ staff based overseas - many of whom are trafficked or otherwise exploited. This is why it is so important for companies in our region and beyond to sign-up to bring an end to human trafficking by 2030.”