Rizk Ventures Philanthropic Support

Linda Rizk

Giving back has become part of the Rizk Ventures DNA. As an organization, we firmly believe that good business requires good corporate social responsibility. That is why we proudly support organizations that dedicate themselves to that same mission.

This past 12 months our team has had the privilege of giving back to a few incredible organizations that we feel reflect the values and ethics we as an organization and family abide by.

As September 11th is now recognized as a National Day of Service and Remembrance, it seemed fitting for the Rizk Ventures team to commemorate the day by participating in the annual CITRS (Character Integrity Trust Relationships Success) event. The focus on this organization is character development in youth to encourage success “ethically, socially, and academically.”

Geoff Rizk, Jack Lyden, Brian Taylor, Chris Allen

September 11th reminds us of the great sacrifices the men and women that serve and protect our country continue to make every day. That’s why Rizk Ventures always proudly supports Operation Game On (OGO) in their passionate mission to assist returning combat wounded men and women with a very special golf program aimed at mental and physical rehabilitation.

Lend a helping hand to OGO this August 12th, 2019 in San Diego, CA

Sgt. 1st Class Ethan Carpenter, a member of the 75th Ranger Regiment died as a result of injuries from an airborne training accident in Arizona earlier this year, a somber reminder that “freedom in not free.” Carpenter was one in a long list of Rangers that have paid the ultimate price for freedom. That is why Rizk Ventures supported the Army Ranger Lead the Way Fund, an organization that provides financial assistance to the families of the elite Special Operations 75th Ranger Regiment.

Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund

Combine the ideals of CITRS with a handful of core Army values – loyalty, duty, respect, selflessness service, honor, integrity, and personal courage – and you understand why the Rizk Ventures team chooses to support the Marine Core Law Enforcement Foundation (MC-LEF). This impressive foundation has awarded over $76 million in education scholarships and our humanitarian assistance since it’s inception in 1995. Recently, Rizk Ventures had the honor of hosting Col Barney Barnum, Ret. USMC and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient at the annual MCLEF gala held at Cipriani in New York City. 

The take away from all the amazing organizations we support? The core values of these philanthropic organizations translate into the same core values that make a successful business organization.

Workspace Property Trust Completes $1.275 Billion Loan From Jpmorgan Chase Bank, Na

HORSHAM, PA, June 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/– Workspace Property Trust (“WSPT®”), a real estate investment firm led by longtime successful industry veterans Thomas Rizk and Roger Thomas, announced today that it has closed on a $1.275 billionportfolio financing with JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA. The proceeds from this financing will be used to repay existing shorter-term debt, redeem preferred equity interests and for general corporate purposes. The facility was arranged and placed by JP Morgan Chase Bank, NAand closed in less than two months’ time from the execution of a term sheet.

“Our ability to enter into this debt facility in both the amount and on the terms we did speaks volumes aboutthe value Workspace has generated in less than two years’ time,” said Thomas Rizk, WSPT Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “The execution of this refinancing provides a tremendous validation of our strategic focus on suburban office and the strength of the platform that Workspace has created.”

Since acquiring its portfolio from Liberty Property Trust, under two separate transactions in December 2015 and October 2016, WSPT has completed over 3 million square feet of leasing transactions; adding significant stability and value to the overall portfolio.

Roger Thomas, Co-Founder, President and Chief Operating Officer, commented, “From the beginning, Tom and I believed in the gravitational pull the suburbs would have on the growing numbers of millennials getting married, forming families and seeking lower costs of living, and better housing and schools, just as every generation before them. Employers are following this migration, resulting in higher rents and occupancy growth in our suburban office markets.”

WSPT owns, leases and manages 147 properties and over 9.8 million square feet of premier office and flex space in top-rated suburbs in Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Tampa, Phoenix, and South Florida.

About Workspace Property Trust
Workspace Property Trust is a privately held, vertically integrated, full-service commercial real estate company specializing in the development, management, and operation of office and flex space. Workspace Property Trust is a partnership among Rizk Ventures, Safanad, Forum Partners, JMP Group, and EverWatch Capital.

Media Inquiries
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215-328-2746
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Dr. Robert Masci Voted One Of New Jersey’s Top Doctors

Congratulations to Dr. Robert Masci on being voted one of New Jersey’s 2017 Top Doctors! NJ Monthly asked 24,116 New Jersey doctors which of their peers they feel are the state’s best doctors, resulting in a list of 1,117 Top Doctors.

Dr. Robert Masci is a board certified cardiologist with a specialty in cardiovascular disease and cardio-oncology and operates out of Morristown Medical Center and Newton Medical Center.

Dr. Robert Masci is one of the leading specialists in the field of cardio-oncology and was recently interviewed for Oncology Times to discuss how cancer treatments can have impacts on the cardiovascular system and how to mitigate and minimize these impacts. “I’ve been a cardiologist for more than 20 years,” he said, “I’m excited to be involved in a new and evolving field.

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Rizk Ventures Sponsors Operation Game On’s 10th Annual Golf Classic in Rancho Sante Fe

Linda RizkRizk Ventures was honored and proud to sponsor Operation Game On’s (OGO) 10th Annual Golf Classic, a charity event that took place on August 14th, 2017 at the Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Sante Fe. The Golf Classic is OGO’s premiere annual event held to raise money to rehabilitate returning combat-injured troops suffering from physical disabilities and PTSD.

OGO founder, Tony Perez, has spent the last decade working directly with the PGA and TaylorMade to provide combat-injured troops with a unique introductory golf program that helps to rehabilitate them both physically and emotionally. This year’s event began with the traditional presentation of colors by the Color Guard from the USS Carl Vinson, “Taps” played by Greg Kaput, and a powerful performance by PGA golf instructor Chris Lesson of the national anthem.

Tony Perez was delighted that the ABC 10 News team was on the course covering the event and bringing attention to this impactful program. You can imagine Tony’s surprise when he realized the ABC team was actually there to present Tony with the 10 News Leadership Award. ABC presents this award to a person who “provides leadership by making San Diego a better place to live standing up for those who need help, has initiated or created solutions for other, is a role model and fulfills a local need—thereby improving the quality of life for all San Diegans.” Well, there is no doubt about the impact Tony Perez has had on the military community of San Diego or the solution he has created for our returning combat wounded men and women.

The program’s success was once again palpable on the course. Twenty troops played in this year’s event alongside friends and sponsors. I had the privilege of playing with two of Operation Game On’s members; Retired US Marine Corp Col Jim “Red Dog” Collins and Retired US Marine Corp Col Doug Cullins, along with Rizk Ventures’ own retired Marine Corp LtCol James Wiley. Col Cullins lost his leg due to an injury while serving in the Vietnam War and attributes his successful return to the sport to OGO. Col Cullins, who has been fighting through PTSD, attributes part of his recovery to his success as a member of OGO. Cullins, who recently entered his second year at University of San Diego School of Law, says that Tony was instrumental in helping him transition from the Marines to law school.

This year, Rizk Ventures Co-Founder, Thomas Rizk, had the opportunity to play in the outing and witness first-hand the impact that OGO’s program has on our combat wounded. Tom had the pleasure of playing with OGO members Veteran Sergeant First Class Jake Keeslar, a 20-year Army veteran and OGO founding member who continued to serve on active duty after being severely injured and losing both his legs while serving in Iraq, and new OGO member, Retired US Army Corporal Jake Williams. Keeslar and Williams raised the bar pretty high. Keeslar was driving over 300 yards consistently and Perez was “throwing darts to the pin,” said Tom – or leave it as Rizk (not sure), “It’s a good thing we were all on the same team.”

Recently, OGO established a number of partnerships with local golf courses to provide more golf opportunities to the combat wounded troops. With over 400 wounded troops passing through OGO’s program and inspired to play golf, this new Freedom Golf Network will provide them the affordable golf opportunities allowing them to continue their physical and emotional rehabilitation.

We at Rizk Ventures are always blown away by the bravery and resolve demonstrated by the members and the families of OGO who have made great sacrifices in the name of our country. Now we hope that we have inspired you to do the same.

Rizk Ventures Sponsors Operation Game On’s 10th Annual Golf Classic

Rizk Ventures Sponsors Operation Game On’s 10th Annual Golf Classic

CHTCS’ Sponsored Hole at OGO’s 10th Annual Golf Classic

CHTCS’ Sponsored Hole at OGO’s 10th Annual Golf Classic

Ret. USMC Colonel Jim “Red Dog” Collins

Ret. USMC Colonel Jim “Red Dog” Collins

Rizk Ventures’ Thomas Rizk and James Wiley

Rizk Ventures’ Thomas Rizk and James Wiley

Linda Rizk with Retired Army Sergeant First Class Jake Keesler, Retired USMC Colonel Jim “Red Dog” Collins, and Retired US Army Corporal Jake Williams

Linda Rizk with Retired Army Sergeant First Class Jake Keesler, Retired USMC Colonel Jim “Red Dog” Collins, and Retired US Army Corporal Jake Williams

USS Carl Vinson Color Guard

USS Carl Vinson Color Guard

Ret. USMC Col Doug Cullins with James Wile

Ret. USMC Col Doug Cullins with James Wile

Operation Game On’s Susan Horvitz

Operation Game On’s Susan Horvitz

Ret. USMC Col Doug Cullins and Ret. USMC Col Jim “Red Dog” Collins with Linda Rizk and James Wiley

Ret. USMC Col Doug Cullins and Ret. USMC Col Jim “Red Dog” Collins with Linda Rizk and James Wiley

Thomas Rizk Alongside Ret. Army Sergeant First Class Jake Keesler and Ret. Army Corporal Jake William

Thomas Rizk Alongside Ret. Army Sergeant First Class Jake Keesler and Ret. Army Corporal Jake William

Ret. USMC Col Doug Cullins Having Some Fun

Ret. USMC Col Doug Cullins Having Some Fun

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Rizk Ventures Hosts Private Viewing of Alonzo Adam’s One Man Show Art Exhibit

Linda RizkRizk Ventures was excited to host a private viewing of Alonzo Adams’One Man Show hosted by our own Geoffrey Rizk on April 9th, 2017 at the Four Seasons private residences in support of the Mourning Family Foundation.The event helped kick off the nationally acclaimed artist’s 25th Anniversary of his New York exhibit.

The focus of the art and evening as a whole was friendship and community. Many of the paintings were from Adam’s series currently in development called The Code Blue Series. The series addresses concerns about our youth and humanity in general. Two very special paintings, Pieces of a Dream and The Veteran are both centerpieces of the series.

“Everyone at the show was impressed with the venue, the display, and the energy in the space. It felt like it was a livable gallery,” said Adams. “Geoff Rizk added so much positive energy to the evening.”

A large percentage of the proceeds from the sale of the artwork were donated to the Mourning Family Foundation, an amazing nonprofit organization founded by Tracy and Alonzo Mourning that focuses on the development of youth “through advocacy, education and enrichment.” Over the course of the last 20 years, the Mourning Family Foundation has helped raise over $25 million to support youth development programs.

The event was attended by NBA Hall of FamerAlonzo Mourning, EPSN’s Stephen A. Smith, Former NY Giants TE Zeke Mowatt, Dr. Emmet Dennis, as well as a few long-time collectors of Adam’s artwork. Overall the night was an amazing success thanks to Alonzo,Geoff, and all the incredible guests that walked away with a special piece of Alonzo Adams art.

The event was photographed by another very talented Adam’s family member, Kyle Adams of Prestige Photography.

Pieces of a Dream by Alonzo Adams

Pieces of a Dream by Alonzo Adams


Alonzo Mourning, Geoff Rizk, and Alonzo Adams

Alonzo Mourning, Geoff Rizk, and Alonzo Adams


Linda Rizk and Alonzo Mourning

Linda Rizk and Alonzo Mourning


Alonzo Adams, The Mournings, and The Rizks

Alonzo Adams, The Mournings, and The Rizks


Alonzo Adams’ Artwork

Alonzo Adams’ Artwork


Jaylen and Guest

Jaylen and Guest


Guests Enjoying the Art

Guests Enjoying the Art

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Rizk Ventures Sponsors Table at Marine Corps – Law Enforcement Foundation’s 22nd Annual NYC Gala

Linda RizkRizk Ventures was excited to sponsor a table at the Marine Corps – Law Enforcement Foundation’s (MC-LEF) 22nd Annual New York City Gala held at Cipriani Wall Street. As always, it was an incredible honor for our Rizk Ventures team to be able to support MC-LEF, an amazing organization that not only provides educational scholarships to the children of fallen United States Marines and Federal Law Enforcement Officers, but has also expanded its support to include medical equipment and financial aid for catastrophically wounded Marines and mentally or physically disabled children of active duty Marines. Since the founding of MC-LEF in 1995, the organization has awarded over $71 million in scholarships and has supported over 3,900 children. MC-LEF has already awarded over $600,000 to 28 recipients in Q1 of 2017.

The event, attended by Marines in full military dress, as well as military and law enforcement veterans, was also attended by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph F. Dunford, USMC, 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps General Robert B. Neller, Retired USMC Commandants General Jim Conway and General Al Gray, Former New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, 2 Medal of Honor Recipients, and one of the young MC-LEF scholarship recipients.

The 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Ret. General Peter Pace, USMC, was awarded the 2017 Commandant’s Leadership Award of the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation for his long-standing service on MC-LEF’s Board of Directors in addition to his exceptional achievements earned in his 40 years of USMC service and as a civilian. General Pace has the distinction of being the first Marine to serve as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008.

Mr. Joseph M. Murphy Chairman of Country Bank accepted the 2017 Semper Fidelis Award for his military service and lifetime support and dedication to MC-LEF and countless other military organizations and committees. Mr. Murphy has been an active Director of MC-LEF since 1997 and has also served in various roles at the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, the Investment Committee of Marine Military Academy, and the Marine Corps University Foundation. Mr. Murphy was appointed by President George H.W. Bush as a Member of the National Board Fund for the Improvement of Post secondary Education. He currently serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Advisory Committee and as Member of the Board and Executive Committee of the Columbia Medical Center Board of Advisors.

Last year’s Semper Fidelis Award recipient, Steven Cohen, was also in attendance with his family. Mr. Cohen continues to demonstrate his commitment to the mental health of U.S. veterans and their families, opening five Cohen Veterans Network clinics since April 2016 offering free healthcare services to U.S. veterans across four states. The Network has plans to open five more clinics across the country before the end of 2017.

In total, 650 guests attended the NYC Gala which raised over $1.2 million for the organization. We at Rizk Ventures continue to applaud the amazing work MC-LEF does to help the families and children of the men and women who make the ultimate sacrifice to serve our country. We also applaud the amazing efforts of the Chairpersons Mr. & Mrs. James and Sue Kallstrom and Mr. & Mrs. Matthew and Jill Zames. A former Assistant Director of the FBI and founding member of MC-LEF, Chairman James Kallstrom helped to shape MC-LEF’s mission and continues to provide counsel on all new initiatives.

Finally, we commend MC-LEF Executive Director, Sue Boulhosa, for her tireless commitment and energy to this organization. Ms. Boulhosa sets the bar in her dedication to MC-LEF and support for the U.S.military men and women.

It was an honor for Rizk Ventures to participate in the MC-LEF Annual NYC Gala again and we look forward to continuing our support.

USMC Gala Table

USMC Gala Table


Linda Rizk with U.S. Marines

Linda Rizk with U.S. Marines


Geoff Rizk, Matt Zames, and Jack Lyden

Geoff Rizk, Matt Zames, and Jack Lyden


James Kallstrom, Jill Zames, and Geoff Rizk

James Kallstrom, Jill Zames, and Geoff Rizk


C-LEF Executive Director Sue Boulhosa and Linda Rizk

C-LEF Executive Director Sue Boulhosa and Linda Rizk

Andy Enfield’s Second Act is Ready at USC

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A Reflection On 2016 and The Rizk Ventures Holiday Party

Linda RizkEvery year around the holidays we like to take a moment to thank the hardworking members of the Rizk Ventures family and update everyone on our company achievements for the year. It’s been a very busy 2016 for us at Rizk Ventures, during which we continued to expand our portfolio and grow the preexisting ventures we’ve been involved with since our founding in 2013.

To start, Workspace Property Trust (WPT) added over 100+ new commercial real estate properties across the Phoenix, South Florida, Tampa, and Minnesota markets worth nearly $1 billion. The full WPT portfolio is now comprised of over 10 million square feet of leasable office and flex space, valued at well over $1 billion.

We’re happy to report this was not the only substantial acquisition made during 2016, as Rizk Ventures Colombia completed the execution of a healthcare real estate sale-leaseback transaction with an affiliate of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (GS). The transaction was for the real estate of the hospital known as Hospital Universitario Clinica San Rafael (HUCSR) in Bogota, which was purchased from the Orden Hospitalaria de San Juan de Dios (OHSJD). Furthermore, during 2016, the initial healthcare real estate transaction completed by Rizk Ventures and GS was voted one of the top 12 major Colombian business moves for 2015/2016 by El Tiempo, Colombia’s most important newspaper. This initial transaction was for the real estate of a hospital group known as Fundación Cardiovascular de Colombia. The transaction was completed in December of 2015.

In addition to these 2016 achievements, Counter Human Trafficking Compliance Solutions (CHTCS) had an exciting year. CHTCS developed a soon to be released Global Rizk Assessment tool aimed at helping corporations better understand business risks associated with various locations around the world.On top that and our client based services, we worked and engaged with the greater counter-human trafficking movement by participating in United Nations’ events on modern slavery, visiting and assessing migrant refugee camps throughout Europe such as the Calais Jungle, publishing the first four issues of our informative quarterly human trafficking journal, and speaking on the issue with various media outlets and in the publications Compliance Week and Supply & Demand Chain Executive, in whichour own James Wiley was quoted in the feature story, saying “Companies might say corporate social responsibility costs too much money, but it will save a company money in the long run.”

The Classroom24-7 Team had a fantastic 2016, highlighted by the joint initiatives with RV Healthcare Analytics (RHVA). Together, the two companies provided a more robust suite of technologies to drive greater adoption of healthcare performance improvement initiatives, lean healthcare practices, and healthcare workforce training for all hospital employees. In addition, RVHA and Classroom24-7 built upon their relationship with Florida Gateway College and continued development of our Pharmacy Technician Training Program. We also signed new partnerships with other University partners including Cleveland Marshall School of Law where we will focus on our eDiscovery program for practicing attorneys. The team continues to support our existing clients in the healthcare and corporate training markets.

This year Rizk Pictures, the newest addition to the Rizk family office, was founded by Alexandra Rizk Keane. Rizk Pictures got off to a quick start, signing on to help produce the film Literally, Right Before Aaron, expected to be released in 2017.

On December 16th, we invited our friends, families, and colleagues to join us for our annual Rizk Ventures Holiday Party and celebration to close out 2016. Held in the Terrace of the Gramercy Park Hotel overlookingNew York City, the party began with a cocktail hour but soon progressed into a night of dancing and fun, thanks to Coco the DJ and amazing performances by our two musical guests. Food and drink were offered throughout the night, as servers offered a variety of hors d’oeuvres to complement a barbeque station and other buffet-style food options offered to the guests.

The musical guests for the night were Tony Award Winning Singer Dan’yelle Williamson and Grammy Award Winning Artist and human rights ambassador, Wyclef Jean. Dan’yelle Williamson kicked off the entertainment with her rendition of some of our favorite holiday classics before introducing myself and the rest of the Rizk Family to take a moment to recognize our wonderful friends and colleagues we are incredibly grateful to know and work alongside. We highlighted Rizk Ventures’ past year’s work and achievements. The party heated up withDan’yelle joining Wyclef to perform some classic Christmas duets as well as The Fugee’s hit song “Killing Me Softly.” Wyclef then took the stage by himself to perform and MC, playing a wide range of his hit songs from over the past 20 years and doing what he does best, entertain! Wyclef was even gracious enough to record a rap for our friends and family of the Navy currently on submarine deployment.

It has been a truly remarkable year for Rizk Ventures and we would like to extend our best wishes and thanks to everyone whom without, it would not be possible. Although the holidays will be used to spend time with family and reflect on the year, we’ve got even bigger plans for next year and are excited to hit the ground running in 2017! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! As always we honor and thank all the men and women, including our own Rizk Venturesfamily, that serve our nation.

Best,

Linda Rizk

Alex, Caki, Leelila, Bridget, and Kastrid

Alex, Caki, Leelila, Bridget, and Kastrid


Alex, Geoff, and Jenna

Alex, Geoff, and Jenna


Ben Skinner and Melanie Berliet

Ben Skinner and Melanie Berliet


Charlie Dawson, Bob Masci, and Company

Charlie Dawson, Bob Masci, and Company


Jack Lyden and Company

Jack Lyden and Company


Joe and Janet Harvey, Jeff and Judy Shurbert

Joe and Janet Harvey, Jeff and Judy Shurbert


Keri Chambers, Jeff Ganz, and the Palmers

Keri Chambers, Jeff Ganz, and the Palmers


Linda and Alex Rizk, Leelila Liang

Linda and Alex Rizk, Leelila Liang


Matt and Astrid Womble

Matt and Astrid Womble


Rizk Family

Rizk Family


Klaus, Carolina Lederer, and Company

Klaus, Carolina Lederer, and Company


Tom and Lucy Birmingham

Tom and Lucy Birmingham


Tom Rizk and Linda Rizk

Tom Rizk and Linda Rizk


Tom Rizk

Tom Rizk


Vin Scoca, Toby, Liliann, and Peter Paras

Vin Scoca, Toby, Liliann, and Peter Paras


Workspace Property Trust and Tara

Workspace Property Trust and Tara


Wyclef Jean and Dan’yelle Williamson

Wyclef Jean and Dan’yelle Williamson

The Accidental Slave Owner: Compliance Week Interviews Rizk Compliance

I have 65 slaves working for me. I am not proud of this.

To be fair, I didn’t go out looking to gather more than five dozen slaves to support myself and my family, but living in the more affluent side of Western society, I got my slaves like most everybody else: without even trying.

I live in New Jersey, United States, with my wife and two children (my daughter is 16, and my son is 13). Most of the time, we are vegans, mainly for health reasons. (I know it is an annoying thing to just tell people how you eat, but when it comes to determining your slavery footprint, it matters, especially if you consume seafood.)

We don’t buy a lot of jewelry because my daughter has a nickel allergy, but also because we are aware of how environmentally harmful gold mining can be and how tainted the diamond industry is. What jewelry we do buy are either estate pieces (already manufactured) or pieces not typically associated with forced labor (like the ring my wife bought me that was carved from a single iron meteorite).

We own a fair bit of clothing, but we try to pay attention to where they are manufactured; we stay away from textiles manufactured in Bangladesh, as well as brands that are reported to source their products from areas with lots of forced labor. This is something we’ve tried to educate our daughter on, especially, because if that kid likes to do anything, it’s shop for clothes.

We own a lot of electronics, but most of them are from Apple or Samsung, companies that receive top marks for sustainability and ethical practices. Still, stories of suicides at an Apple factory in China are hard to shake off. We don’t own a lot of athletic gear, mainly because our activities of choice are running and martial arts, which don’t require a lot of stuff.

I mention all of this because as far as Western consumers go, I’d like to think we aren’t too lavish, and don’t buy things without considering what it took to make them. And yet, when I entered all of this information into a web survey from www.slaveryfootprint.org, there was my estimated employment of slave labor: 65 people. Somehow, there were 65 people in either forced or bonded labor conditions making the things my family buys just to go about our daily lives. To say this causes a knot in my stomach is a bit of an understatement, so one can appreciate how much this weighs upon most compliance officers who strive to make sure their third-party partners and their supply chain is as free from forced labor as possible.

Modern slavery is a massive problem that exists around the world. According to the Global Slavery Index, there are currently some 45.8 million people enslaved across 167 countries. More than half of people living in slavery do so in just five countries: India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Uzbekistan. Most modern slaves are also the victims of human trafficking. Nearly one in three modern slaves is a child.  Over half are female. Slavery is illegal nearly everywhere, and yet, it persists, and is used to help produce nearly 200 different commercial goods worldwide. Some industries, such as shrimp fishing, are deeply involved with using forced labor. It is a problem that is everywhere.

Over the summer, I spoke with John Clark, James Wiley, and Jessica Vincent of Rizk Compliance, a consulting firm that advises companies on dealing with forced labor within supply chains. John, James, and Jessica have backgrounds in the military and law enforcement, with experience in special operations, intelligence, border security, and nation building. They are also deeply involved in anti-human trafficking and they bring a special kind of perspective to the matter of fighting forced labor. These people are true believers in what they are doing; their work will bring them neither great fame nor fortune, but they have seen things in their previous work that they cannot unsee and, with eyes wide open, have dedicated themselves to fighting human trafficking in a way that brings about meaningful, impactful change.

When I spoke with them, they noted how pernicious the problem of human trafficking and forced labor can be. It takes place, hidden in plain sight in the United States and the United Kingdom, especially in industries that require lots of low-paying labor. By way of example, they noted that more than 150 displaced civilians enter the U.K. labor market each day, mainly by way of Calais, and it’s a problem that simply has no easy solution. Part of it is simply better security, but perhaps the larger part of it is addressing the conditions that drive those people to seek work in the United Kingdom in the first place.

John, James, and Jessica have spent a lot of time in the developing world, helping manufacturers review the operations where they source inventory or initially fabricate goods. And that is where they do some of their most interesting work. It is one thing to point out bad conditions at a workplace and advise a client to take their business elsewhere, they note, but that can actually make the core problem worse. In some areas, for example, where a mine is employing forced labor, as bad as that mine may be, it might actually be the best option for its workers to escape even worse conditions in areas riven with civil warfare or extreme lawlessness. This does not excuse the forced labor, but it does provide the companies doing business with this hypothetical mine to help the mine address its bad behavior and address the issue at its root. This needs companies willing to put in some extra time and effort to actually fixing the problem of slavery and human trafficking, rather than moving to avoid it altogether. It is a more difficult, but more meaningful solution.

In the context of the U.K.’s Modern Slavery Act, approaches like this matter. As companies conduct deeper compliance efforts to identify places in their supply chain that might employ forced labor, what to do when that forced labor is detected is key. So far, the Modern Slavery Act doesn’t require companies to try to eradicate slavery; just to not benefit from it. And while that’s laudable … as long as companies can simply turn the other way, forced labor will still seep into supply chains, even of those companies that genuinely do not wish to make use of it. After all, a perfectly clean supply chain is easier said than done. Take it from the fellow with 65 slaves working for his family.

Source: Compliance Week

Operation Game On announces launch of new combat wounded women veterans golf programs exclusively for women wounded veterans

Rancho Santa Fe, CA –Operation Game On, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, will be adding a new program exclusively for Wounded Women Veterans called Combat Wounded Women Veterans Golf. “The first class is scheduled to launch on September 6, 2016 at The Del Mar Golf Center”, announces Tony Perez, Founder of Operation Game On.

The Women Veterans will receive eight weeks of free golf lessons by PGA Certified Instructors, a custom fitting session at Taylor Made’sThe Kingdom, a full set of golf clubs, golf bags, Adidas golf shoes and apparel. Then return for another eight weeks for more advanced lessons. This program may be the first of its kind exclusively for Wounded Women Veterans and will start with eight Veterans.

Mission: To provide golf as a form of rehabilitation for returning combat injured troops, both active military and Veterans, suffering from severe physical and mental disabilities sustained during OIF/OEF.

Background on Operation Game On (OGO): OGO was launched in 2008 to use golf as avehicle to help combat injured veterans, mostly in the San Diego area, rehabilitate both mentally and physically and start enjoying life again. Since launch, OGO has helped over 400 active military and Veterans, several of whom have credited OGO for preventing them from committing suicide.

Tony Perez is the Founder/President of OGO, a Vietnam War Veteran. Tony’s track record demonstrates his unwavering commitment to maximizing the benefit of each dollar raised to help combat injured men and women Veterans.

Outcome: OGO has proven that combat injured troops have regained the confidence for an active lifestyle and has also created a social environment amongst the troops with new found friendships. Golf has proven to be an effective form of rehabilitation. It’s good for the mind andthe body and it allows combat injured troops to compete, laugh, relax, focus, and challenge their muscles outside of regular PT. It gives them hope of a clearer future after their tragic injuries and experiences of war.

Source: Operation Game On