UK’s 7th Anti-Slavery Day

Oct 18, 2017

Today is the UK’s 7th Anti-Slavery Day. It’s an opportunity to pause and remember what we are working together to achieve: the freedom of the 40.3 million people trapped in modern slavery around the world today. A stark reality and a motivation beyond our own business concerns of compliance and bottom-lines.

It’s a good time to reflect on progress made and where to go to next. Consider what has been achieved in your organisation to tackle modern slavery to date. Whatever you have achieved so far, today we want to challenge you to take the next step. It could be gaining a commitment from your organisation’s senior leadership, it could be rolling out further staff training, and it could be considering risk and vulnerability to exploitation in other areas of your business. For instance, have you extended your programme to tackle modern slavery to your sub-contractors and third-party providers – your company’s cleaners, caterers and construction companies? These sectors are often the last to be considered, yet they are high-risk as they are commonly characterised by a high proportion of migrant workers undertaking low-skilled irregular work.

In line with this, we have a new step to celebrate. Today, in partnership with the Charted Institute of Building (CIOB), we are pleased to announce the project sponsors to our new Construction Programme include Saint-Gobain, Westfield and Willmott Dixon. Find out more here.

The construction programme will be driving change within the sector, but also will reach businesses in many other industries that commission and sub-contract construction projects.

We hope you consider what today is about and accept the challenge to take your next step.

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