Some reminders for Anti Slavery Day

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Just in time for Anti Slavery Day, this week the UK Modern Slavery Act had its first reading in Parliament.

An amendment since the first draft means that big businesses will now have to publicly state each year what action they have taken to ensure their supply chains are slavery free. This is likely to affect some of the UK's larger hotel companies and highlights the way business is going - anti-slavery is firmly on the agenda and supply chain transparency is vital. In time for the day, Salvation Army have also published a report stating that labour exploitation has now overtaken sexual exploitation in the UK.

Through a dedicated working group on human trafficking, International Tourism Partnership members have been proactive when it comes to tackling slavery and human trafficking. Not only have they produced a collaborative position statement, with their help ITP and Green Hotelier have produced some excellent resources for all hotels concerned with the issue of trafficking and slavery. Here are some reminders of relevant activity:

  • Creating an industry position statement on human trafficking. Read more here
  • Providing a free online Know How Guide on Addressing Human Trafficking in the Hospitality Industry, which looks at both forced labour and sex trafficking. The guide runs through definitions, facts and figures, how human trafficking relates to the hotel industry, the business case for action, what hotels should do, training available and further reading. It is an excellent one stop shop for any hoteliers wanting more information on how they are affected by human trafficking.
  •  Creating guidelines for checking recruitment agencies to help hoteliers check their labour supply chain. You can read more information and download the guidelines here.

For more information about Anti Slavery day go to www.antislaveryday.com where you can find information about events throughout the UK on and around the 18th October. Find the full report from the Salvation Army here.

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