Fashion industry unites to tackle slavery and trafficking in supply chains
Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability Minister Victoria Atkins has urged businesses and governments to come together to tackle the “global and complex” scourge of modern slavery and human trafficking.
Ahead of Paris Fashion Week, the minister spoke at the Paris Supply Chains Conference recently (Friday 22 February), where representatives from governments, the fashion industry, textiles and civil society came together to discuss measures businesses should take to eradicate modern slavery and trafficking in their supply chains.
The minister highlighted how UK’s world leading Modern Slavery Act has helped transform business culture. She praised brands for changing their purchasing practices to protect vulnerable workers and innovative start-ups which are increasing transparency in the sector.
While recognising the progress that many responsible businesses are making the minister called on the industry to step up their action and increase their vigilance to understand the risks and intervene where necessary.
Both the UK and France have introduced transparency legislation to tackle forced labour in global supply chains and the conference provided a valuable opportunity to share best practice in tackling this insidious crime. The minister welcomed the French government’s determination to stamp out modern slavery and called for continued collaboration to speed up eliminating this abhorrent crime.
In her speech Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability Minister Victoria Atkins recently said:
I am proud to say that the UK is a world-leader in tackling slavery. In 2015, we introduced the landmark Modern Slavery Act to tackle slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking.
As we meet in Paris, I am also proud to say that the French government stands alongside us in their determination to eliminate human trafficking and labour exploitation.
Since legislation was introduced on both sides of the channel we have seen progress made, however the scale of the challenge means that it can only be tackled by government, business and civil society working together.
In addition to the ground breaking Modern Slavery Act, the government has also:
- launched the “Principles to Combat Human Trafficking in Global Supply Chains” with the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand at the UN General Assembly in September 2018
- written to 17,000 businesses in the UK about their obligations to publish what they are doing to tackle modern slavery in their supply chains, with the Home Office planning to name non-compliant companies after the end of the financial year
- pledged to publish its own transparency statement in 2019
- launched the “Business Against Slavery Forum” to bring together CEOs of some of the world’s largest organisations to share best practice to tackle modern slavery
The minister also welcomed the appointment of Sara Thornton, who was recently announced as the new Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner.
Latest News from
Operation to tackle FGM and forced marriage honoured at awards19/11/2019 11:10:00
Border Force and Metropolitan Police operation ‘highly commended’ at ‘World Class Policing Awards’
Strengthening police powers to tackle unauthorised encampments15/11/2019 12:20:00
Consultation on measures to criminalise trespassing when setting up an unauthorised encampment in England and Wales.
Government announces plans to review pre-charge bail law06/11/2019 11:10:00
The Home Office will consider updating the rules to ensure the safety of victims is prioritised and police are supported in investigating all offences.
Government announces UK special envoy for countering violent extremism05/11/2019 13:20:00
John Woodcock MP has been announced as the UK special envoy for countering violent extremism.
Security Minister's speech on security and crime after Brexit31/10/2019 11:10:00
Security Minister Brandon Lewis yesterday spoke at a Policy Exchange event on Security and Crime after Brexit: keeping Britain safe.
New review will enhance response to serious and organised crime30/10/2019 11:10:00
The review announced by the Government will look to identify ways of bolstering the response to threats such as county lines, people trafficking and drugs.
Extension of pub opening hours for the 75th anniversary of VE Day28/10/2019 11:10:00
The Home Secretary has announced plans to extend pub licensing hours across England and Wales to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day.
UK wide summit announced to tackle drug deaths23/10/2019 16:15:00
Experts will gather in Glasgow to discuss the best approach.