British PM: no room for complacency on modern slavery within supply chains

Delegates learn about the risk to their business of modern slavery

Delegates learn about the risk to their business of modern slavery

British Prime Minister, Theresa May, addressed dignitaries at The World Economic Forum at Davos in January stating, “Companies simply cannot stand by while their platforms are used to facilitate child abuse, modern slavery or the spreading of terrorist and extremist content”. Speaking on wider issues of economic importance, the PM highlighted corporate social responsibility amongst issues at the forefront for businesses worldwide.

Care International and King's College London amongst others commended The Modern Slavery Act (2015), in structuring a framework for companies to evaluate risk within supply chains and tackle problems. However, NGO Anti-Slavery International recently said, “the act doesn’t legally guarantee the kind of support the victims receive. The result is that the care victims receive is inconsistent.”

According to the proposer of The Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill - Lord McColl - the legislation attempts to bridge the gap in the current Act. However, having entered parliamentary discussions last year it has since lacked Government support. Given the British PM’s Davos comments and attempts by Lord McColl to improve modern slavery legislation; companies including hotel groups must start to critically analyse their own practices in order to facilitate change throughout the supply chain.

In order to assist companies continue the conversation on the pressing issue of modern slavery, Front Group Ltd have introduced the Third Modern Slavery and Human Rights in Supply Chain Conference taking place on 19-20 April in Central London. Over 150 delegates from more than 15 industries are expected to be in attendance.

Representatives from BBC Worldwide, M&S, Philips, Debenhams, AngloAmerican, Engie and Co-op will be speaking at the event. Past attendees included EY, JLL, KPMG and Virgin Atlantic. Industries associated with this conference comprises of FMCG, utilities, extractives, media, retail, electronics and pharmaceutical sectors.

Front Group’s Director Dmitry Elizarov believes that May’s statement of intent to world influencers tied together with businesses political influence creates the environment to host progressive conversations beneficial to solving issues of modern slavery in supply chains. He said, “We want to facilitate a forum where businesses can discuss progress and practical solutions with regards to the greatest tests within this field.”

ITP works with hotel groups to help them move further and faster on modern slavery and human rights. Its Goal on Human Rights launched last year stated the organisation, supported by its members aimed to: Raise awareness of human rights risks, embed human rights into corporate governance, and address risks arising in the labour supply chain and during construction. ITP has produced a range of free resources to help hotel companies address these issues, and urges them to do more to educate themselves, their employees and their suppliers on modern slavery risks.

Further details of the conference, speakers and the agenda can be found here: https://front-group.co.uk/modernslavery/

For additional questions regarding attending, speaking or sponsorship; please contact Dmitry Elizarov (dmitry@front-group.co.uk) or on +44 203 397 6587.

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