Dame Sara welcomes the commitment from G7 Trade Ministers on eradicating forced labour in global supply chains
The UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Dame Sara Thornton, welcomes the commitment from G7 Trade Ministers to work collaboratively to eradicate forced labour from global supply chains and protect victims of forced labour. The Joint Statement follows the commitment made by G7 leaders in June as set out in the Free and Fair Trade section of the Carbis Bay G7 Summit Communique.
Dame Sara Thornton, Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, said:
“It is good to see G7 Trade Ministers acknowledging the endemic issue of forced labour in global supply chains, and the importance of comprehensive and effective trade policy in its prevention, identification and eradication.
"I welcome the G7 Trade Ministers’ commitment to protecting victims and groups most vulnerable to forced labour and other labour violations through multilateral cooperation, and the inclusion of survivors.
"The commitment to enhancing support for businesses, including guidance on human rights due diligence and responsible recruitment practices, through data sharing and technical exchanges is notable, and I shall continue to monitor UK engagement on business compliance with international labour standards."
Read the full Joint Statement here.