Our recent report, Seeing Through Transparency, found that whilst transparency legislation is a useful step forward in improving corporate responsibility for global impacts, much more is needed to close the accountability gap in supply chains. We ask if extraterritorial liability might soon mean transnational companies have to take legal responsibility for their actions overseas.
In 2015 the UK adopted the Modern Slavery Act, which included a requirement for companies to report on measures taken to tackle modern slavery in their supply chains. Notably absent from this requirement however were public authorities.
The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has today raised major concerns about how the proposed new migrant agricultural worker programme poses a real risk of abuse. Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX) sets out how the proposed programme could leave many thousands at risk of modern slavery unless key safeguards are adopted.
In recent years, there have been a growing number of campaigns calling on the general public to participate in identifying victims of human trafficking and forced labour by ‘spotting the signs’ of modern slavery. Despite increasing popularity, the effectiveness of such campaigns is questionable. Often, they rely on a racialized narrative of victims and perpetrators, and shift responsibility from government to consumer, ignoring the structural causes of trafficking and forced labour.
How can we prevent human trafficking and forced labour through corporate accountability?
The Government has published guidance on what the settled status registration scheme for EU citizens in the UK will look like.
Last month the UK’s first Director of Labour Market Enforcement (DLME), Sir David Metcalf, published his Annual Strategy. In it he sets out his vision of what is needed to
FLEX has launched a guide to research with hard-to-reach migrant workers to support organisations engaging in research of labour exploitation.
This afternoon Kevin Hyland, the UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner issued a statement saying he would be stepping down from his position this summer.
The Government’s ‘hostile environment’ policies are not only inhumane, they are undermining the UK’s efforts to end modern slavery.