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Do you know if there are slaves in your construction supply chains?

CIPS 24 January 2019

The construction sector, along with many other sectors, is struggling to ensure their supply chains are completely free from slave labour, and the level of awareness amongst suppliers, clients and businesses still needs improvement.

The UK's Modern Slavery Act came into force in 2015 requiring businesses with a turnover of £36million and over to publish a statement saying what they are doing to eradicate slavery from their supply chains.

And yet slavery still exists.

The construction sector, along with many other sectors, is struggling to ensure their supply chains are completely free from slave labour, and the level of awareness amongst suppliers, clients and businesses still needs improvement.

The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), the global professional body, has been working with a number of agencies, including Walk Free, to raise levels of understanding and offer practical support on what businesses should be doing, to find slavery in their supply chains and ultimately eradicate it.

We are surveying members, companies and our procurement community in the construction sector to understand the extent of the problem and what the sector may, or may not be doing to ensure they are not complicit in this terrible crime. 

Slavery robs individuals of their liberty, their health and their future and risks the reputation and profits of businesses.

The results will help to create practical guidance and sources of information to help the sector and others, to make any necessary changes.

Please complete and share our survey amongst your networks. 


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