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Labour rights the 'next big challenge' for corporates, says M&S

Labour rights the 'next big challenge' for corporates, says M&S | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Louise Nicholls, M&S Head of Responsible Sourcing and Packaging: “The next big challenge we’ve got is that the world of labour rights is changing. It’s no longer about ethical trade which is a risk to business, but rather a risk to rights holders and we need to set up our business to understand what that looks like.
It’s about how well you understand those risks in the extended supply chain in what is a much more hyper-transparent world. We are now in a very different space and it’s much more open, to the point where you need to be talking about what you’re doing to address these issues, and how well you’re doing your due diligence.”

EcoVadis's insight:

Companies such as M&S are proactively finding solutions to fight modern slavery; how engaged are you towards eradicating it from your supply chain?

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How to root out slavery in your supply chain

How to root out slavery in your supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
According to the International Labor Organisation, nearly 21 million people worldwide are victims of forced labour, and even in the UK an estimated 13,000 people are in modern slavery. Despite calls for and some attempts at ‘reshoring’ of manufacturing, supply chains are getting ever more complex, which makes it harder to spot problems
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Companies getting caught procuring from unreliable suppliers can cause explosive reputational damage. Are you ensuring that you are not profiting on the backs of abused workers?

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Cherie Blair and Miriam González: why companies must act on slavery law

Cherie Blair and Miriam González: why companies must act on slavery law | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Nearly 46 million people are enslaved globally – an estimated 12,000 of them in the UK – generating illegal profits of $150bn (£114bn). However unwittingly, British consumers and businesses are sustaining this cruel exploitation, with slavery likely to exist in the overseas supply chains of most large UK companies.
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Prime Minister, Theresa May, has established a government task force (with £33m in funding) which, together with the independent anti-slavery commissioner she appointed, is tasked with suppressing on what she described as “the greatest human rights issue of our time”.

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Construction industry unaware of modern slavery risks, survey finds

Construction industry unaware of modern slavery risks, survey finds | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
While 84% of respondents from a sample survey of the group’s 14,000 construction industry members agreed that the UK should take leadership on modern slavery and human trafficking, 51% conceded a lack of knowledge about necessary measures to take if the issue was met in their organisation.
EcoVadis's insight:

There is a great need by all tiers of the supply chain to work together to turn awareness into action. Are you working your way in your supply chain to take action against modern slavery?

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Norm Miller's curator insight, October 24, 2016 12:56 PM
With so many desperate immigrants in the world modern day exploitation is possible or various forms of slave labor.
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Law firms urged to lead fight against modern slavery - Legal Futures

Law firms urged to lead fight against modern slavery - Legal Futures | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The new prime minister, Theresa May, has made combating modern slavery in the UK a priority, describing the crime as “the great human rights issue of our time”.
She announced a review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, which requires large organisations, including law firms, to publish an annual slavery and human trafficking statement, beginning this year. In the Act’s first year, 289 modern slavery offenses were prosecuted.

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Law societies across the world are urged to ensure that  they review their suppliers to determine that they are not inadvertently enabling exploitation.

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China, India Among 25 Economies Posing ‘Extreme’ Supply Chain Risks | CFO innovation ASIA

Modern slavery constitutes a ‘high’ or ‘extreme risk’ in 115 countries. The research concludes that Asian and African commodity producers and manufacturing countries pose the greatest challenge to companies navigating new legislation on supply chain disclosure, such as the UK Modern Slavery Act.
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Interesting research which analyses the breadth of national legislation; the quality of law enforcement; and reported evidence of trafficking, forced labour, servitude and slavery.

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