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Request for case studies from small businesses proactively tackling modern slavery issues

CIPS 4 March 2016

We are looking in particular for companies with a turnover of under £36 million. 

Be a part of the fight against modern slavery in supply chains

We are working on a campaign to highlight the role of smaller businesses in tackling modern slavery in supply chains. As part of this campaign, we are looking for small companies that are willing to be featured as case studies in our press materials.

We are looking in particular for companies with a turnover of under £36 million. This means they are not currently subject to the UK Modern Slavery Act’s reporting requirement, but have chosen to voluntarily produced a statement on steps they’ve taken to eradicate modern slavery, or that they plan to do so in the near future.

David Noble, group CEO, CIPS said, 

“Though the pressure to tackle slavery in supply chains to meet regulatory requirements, is on those larger corporates on, or over the threshold, it can’t be long before SMEs are compelled to do likewise.

“We know that there are smaller businesses that are already looking into this and we would like to see those good stories out there as inspiration and a pathway to how slavery can be tackled. In reality, bigger companies are already looking into how their suppliers, maybe those smaller businesses, are tackling their own possible slavery, so the pressure is actually now on everyone to make a contribution.”

If you are a small business, and willing to participate, we’d like to find out the reasons behind your company’s proactive stance on this. For example, if this is due to your company’s own commitments to eradicate the problem; your board’s belief that a slavery-free supply chain would be beneficial not only to your reputation but also your bottom line; or simply because your business clients request you to do so then please get in touch: press@cips.org.

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