Retailer Sainsbury’s is working with the Gangmasters Licensing Authority to address labour exploitation and modern slavery in the supply chain.
The GLA is providing tailored training for suppliers to the supermarket to help them identify hidden exploitative practices at farms, pack houses, processing plants and factories.
Paul Broadbent, chief executive of the GLA, said: “There is a real commitment and desire on both sides to identify any practice that subjects workers to exploitation.
“By raising awareness through training, Sainsbury’s is showing a determination to identify any issues of concern. I applaud them for this and will continue to work alongside them to tackle it.”
The pilot scheme builds upon the protocol between retailers and suppliers launched by the UK government in October 2013.
Judith Batchelar, director of Sainsbury’s brand, said: We’re proud to have carried out the first pilot training for our suppliers in partnership with the GLA, we hope this takes us a step further in tackling hidden labour exploitation. Modern slavery within global supply chains is a serious issue and it is a priority of ours to work with our suppliers to address it.”