Business invited to publicly declare commitment to tackling slavery

October 18, 2014 9:51 am, Published by , Leave your thoughts

Stronger2gether.org, the free online advice resource, today launches its Business Partner webpage enabling organisations to publicly declare their commitment to tackling modern slavery.

To coincide with its first anniversary and global Anti-Slavery Day on 18th October, Stronger Together has launched its Business Partner webpage enabling employers and recruitment agencies to upload evidence to publicly declare the proactive measures they have implemented in their organisations to address the risk of hidden modern slavery.

“Stronger Together” is a pioneering multi-stakeholder UK initiative that provides businesses with pragmatic good practice guidance and resources to download at www.stronger2gether.org to help them prevent and tackle hidden forced labour and human trafficking in their supply chains.

The latest UK Human Trafficking Centre statistics show that reported cases of human trafficking have increased by 22% in a year, whilst cases of trafficking for labour exploitation have risen by 85% in two years.  Cases of labour exploitation have overtaken sexual exploitation in the UK.

Sponsored by most of the large UK supermarkets, the Stronger Together partners include the Association of Labour Providers, the Gangmasters Licensing Authority and Migrant Help, Anti-Slavery International, British Frozen Food Federation, British Retail Consortium, British Growers Association, Crimestoppers, Food & Drink Federation, Forced Labour Monitoring Group, Recruitment & Employment Confederation, Salvation Army and Sedex.

David Camp, Stronger Together Programme Coordinator explains, “In the first year of the Stronger Together programme almost 500 managers from 300 business sites have attended our workshops and pledged to spread the anti-slavery message to an estimated ¼ million workers.  This next phase, enables businesses to publicly demonstrate their commitment to tackling forced labour and human trafficking by uploading evidence of the actions they have implemented to deter, detect and deal with these forms of modern slavery.  Businesses that publicly demonstrate their commitment may use the Stronger Together Business Partner logo in their business materials.”

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