A church-based charity is to lead research aimed at uncovering potential links between human trafficking and the supply chains of FTSE 100 companies.
The study by Us, with the help of Finance Against Trafficking, Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR), and Rathbone Greenbank Investments, is motivated by concerns the companies may inadvertently become involved in human trafficking through links with suppliers around the world.
The researchers want to encourage companies to adopt a best practice policy to help uncover any risk that workers in the supply chain have been trafficked.
Rachel Parry, global relations director for Us, said: ‘Our research will dig deep into the phenomenon of human trafficking, taking as our focus the supply chains of the FTSE 100 companies. We want to explore how human trafficking could be a part of the picture.”
“We want to see FTSE 100 companies better informed to help them ensure there is as little risk as possible that their supply chain is somehow touched by the traffickers’ trade.”
A second phase of the project will focus on an advocacy resource to raise awareness of human trafficking, and engagement meetings with companies.
The research project will finish later this year when its finding will be published, including proposals for action in the UK to help tackle global trafficking.