Second reading Private Members’ Bill on Transparency in Supply Chains

July 19, 2016 10:34 am, Published by , Leave your thoughts

Baroness Young of Hornsey has introduced a Private Members’ Bill in the House of Lords to strengthen and broaden the application of transparency in supply chains (TISC), by requesting:

  • A listing of businesses bound by the modern slavery transparency provision. Currently companies that are household names are more likely to be subject to public scrutiny rather than those that are B2B only and therefore less well known.

Baroness Young asks for “a list of companies that should be compliant with TISC, to make it possible for NGOs, civil society and the general public to find the information required for effective monitoring. The effectiveness of this measure would be enhanced by linking [their modern slavery and human trafficking] reports and statements directly to this list.”

  • Including slavery statements in companies’ filings to Companies House
  • The production of modern slavery reports by government agencies.

Baroness Young: “The insertion of public bodies into the Modern Slavery Act points to the potential of their combined purchasing power, of £45 billion, to contribute to a real change in behaviour from those operators in the commercial sector that are not on the high street and thus not instantly recognisable. At the heart of this clause is the question of how public bodies can use their purchasing power more effectively to root out enslavement and trafficking in their supply chains.”

  • The introduction of mandatory due diligence in government contracts, similar to the US presidential order aimed at prevention of trafficking in federal contracts.

The Bill is available here. The second reading was on 8th July and it will now continue to Committee Stage, date to be confirmed.

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