The Vatican Signs a Declaration of Intent
The Global Sustainability Network (GSN) under the leadership of Pope Francis hosted a high-level forum at the headquarters of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, which took place at the Casina Pio IV in the Vatican on March 18th, 2016. This forum was followed by a lunch, where we discussed how leaders from the three key sectors of Business, Government and Media can build greater global awareness of these problems and design integrated solutions to these new emergencies. The origins of GSN came from the endeavors of the Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders who came together on December 2, 2014.
Our CEO, Rani Hong, delivered a keynote speech stating, “That’s why the Freedom Seal is process. By pledging your intent today, we become partners in that process. We educate. Guide. Provide resources and assistance. And work together toward our shared goal. This is the mark of a movement. A commitment to a world of change. It’s testament to the power of focused and dedicated action that gets bigger, and gains momentum, with each individual and each business.”
Other speakers were on various panels, including one being chaired by H.E. Ambassador Jaime de Bourbon de Parme, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Holy See. Bishop Marcelo, Sanchez Sorondo, Bishop Alastair Redfern, Raza Jafar, and Margaret Archer (President of PASS) made final recommendations and discussed our next steps.
The Catholic Church has several plans on ways of working together to combat Human Trafficking and Slavery. The Holy Father Pope Francis says “I exhort the international community to adopt an even more unanimous and effective strategy against human trafficking, so that in every part of the world, men and women may no longer be used as a means to an end, and that their inviolable dignity may always be respected.”
PORTION TEXT OF DECLARATION
“We recommend monitoring the work placements of former trafficking victims to ensure ‘safe work’; providing them with appropriate training for the employment offered; creating an ‘icon mark’ for goods produced through supply chains that are free of ‘forced labour’; and promoting consumer awareness of their responsibility as purchasers.”