Welsh government moves to eradicate slavery from its supply chains

The Welsh government is working on a public procurement code of practice to help eradicate modern slavery.

The code will “support the development of a more ethical public sector supply chain,” a spokesperson for the Welsh government said.

She added: “It is being designed to ensure that everyone employed in public sector supply chains is employed ethically in compliance with both the letter and spirit of UK, international and other national laws.”

The spokesperson declined to comment on what safeguards or practices the code might include, but said the Welsh government was particularly determined to guard against the dangers of slavery in “long and complex supply chains operating in parts of the world characterised by, for example very low pay, mass migration and conflict”.

Welsh cabinet secretary for finance Mark Drakeford will launch the code in October.

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