A Brighter Future for Human Trafficking Survivors
Philippines based business process outsourcing company DataMotivate has joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to provide skills training and full-time jobs to 500 survivors of human trafficking and slavery by 2022 through its inclusive impact sourcing model. By that year, the company also commits to replicate its model in another Asian market.
International Justice Mission estimates that 45 million people globally are being held as slaves, including children. Millions more are trafficked long distances to work for near-slave wages in miserable conditions. Those who are lucky enough to escape from these ordeals have difficulty finding paying jobs: they are traumatized, often marginalized by their communities and have few resources to make ends meet.
Established in 2014, DataMotivate is turning survivors of trafficking and slavery into a skilled, empowered workforce – 95 percent of its outsourcing employees are women. This innovative social enterprise provides training and full-time employment for trafficking victims as professional service providers to corporations in the United States, Australia and Europe. In addition to e-commerce and data services, the company offers financial and accounting, real estate, human resources, procurement support and other business services. Working through partnerships with NGOs such as World Vision and International Justice Mission, the company identifies suitable candidates for employment and provides comprehensive training and continued support throughout employment. A critical component of this model is the integrated support programme for employees that facilitates their access to medical care, affordable housing, banking and childcare for working mothers.
The company’s inclusive business model comprises technical training on complex professional services and support to optimize its employees’ success in their new careers. Its intensive training programme not only covers the technical skills required for specialized client work, but the soft skills needed to succeed in a modern office environment as well as social and life skills. This critical support, combined with well-paid skilled employment, empowers DataMotivate’s employees to build better lives while securing a dedicated workforce.
The employment of vulnerable groups like trafficking survivors contributes to sustainable community development and the well-being of entire families. For every women employed by DataMotivate, at least three household members benefit through improved education, nutrition, housing and healthcare. The company’s high staff retention rate and unusually dedicated workforce who show outstanding commitment are enabling the company to provide a high quality, consistent service. Growing rapidly, DataMotivate has committed to replicate its inclusive impact-sourcing model in another Asian country such as India in the next 5 years.