Priority 4: Private sector engagement
To engage with the private sector to promote policies to ensure that supply chains are free from slavery and to encourage effectual transparency reporting

Why private sector engagement?


In 2012 the International Labour Organization (ILO) conservatively estimated that there were 21 million victims of forced labour, a form of modern slavery, across the world, and the majority of these victims are exploited in private sector activities such as manufacturing, construction and agriculture. Modern slavery is big business: in 2014 the ILO estimated that the total illegal profits obtained from the use of forced labour worldwide amount to over US $150 billion per year.

As supply chains have globalised and demand for cheap products and ever cheaper labour has continued to increase, the risks of slavery in supply chains, in the UK and internationally, have become much greater. Slavery in the supply chain is an abuse of human rights in the pursuit of profits and the private sector has a duty to ensure it is not tolerated.

Areas of focus


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