Dame Sara delivers keynote at the PACCS-TISCreport Workshop for UK Local Government Leaders


On 22 July 2021 Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Dame Sara Thornton, joined the virtual workshop to discuss and progress findings in the PACCS-TISCreport policy briefing Progress and Challenges in Tackling Modern Slavery in Local Government Supply Chains (which can be read in full here).  

The event focused on the partnership’s report of the same name (which can be read in full here), which identified key challenges and associated recommendations in order to more effectively tackle modern slavery in local government supply chains (which local government leaders are now invited to input into). Dame Sara’s opening remarks were followed by research and recommendation overviews given by PACCS Policy Researcher, Dr Yongyu Zeng and TISCreport CEO, Jaya Chakrabarti MBE. Local government attendees were then invited to participate in debating, evolving and prioritising recommendations in order to reach consensus on practical next steps.

You can listen to Dame Sara's keynote here.

You can read the full policy briefing here

You can read the full report here.


Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Dame Sara Thornton, said:

“With a £290 billion annual spend on goods and services, the public sector has yet to harness its power to positively influence supply chains. Now that TISC reporting requirements are extending to public bodies, this is the perfect time for local authorities to review their strategies and ensure that aspiration on ethical procurement is meeting reality.”