Cardinal Pell pledges to ‘slave-proof’ Vatican supply chain

Independent Catholic News

Cardinal George Pell, Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, has announced Holy See is taking steps to ‘slave-proof’ the Vatican’s supply chains – ensuring that all companies the Church purchases from are ethical in their employment and business practices.

The Cardinal made the announcement in Rome on Sunday, during a meeting of The Global Foundation, an Australian organization which brings together business and government leaders.

“I am pleased to confirm that the Vatican itself will commit to slavery-proofing its own supply chains and I hope that today’s announcement will serve as encouragement for others to follow suit,” Cardinal Pell told the gathering.

At the same meeting, the Consumer Goods Forum – a consortium of major companies including Carrefour, Barilla, and Nestle – announced it had passed a resolution to ‘eradicate’ forced labor from their supply chains.