Reaction to Independent Review of Modern Slavery Act publication
22 May 2019
Reacting to the publication of the Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act, Tom Wills from the international development charity Traidcraft Exchange said:
“We agree with the Review’s recommendation that tougher action from the Government is needed to enforce its own modern slavery law.
“As the Review says, the Government should create a publicly accessible modern slavery database where companies are required to upload their modern slavery statements.
“The public have a right to know which companies are covered by the Modern Slavery Act, and which have complied with the legislation, so a list of relevant businesses should be part of the new database.”
The Independent Review of Modern Slavery was published in the wake of a joint Traidcraft Exchange and Fashion Revolution campaign asking the Home Office to set up a modern slavery database.
For more information or to interview Tom Wills please contact Tom Sharman: email@example.com / 0191 497 6443 or 07757 753 318
Notes for editors:
Traidcraft Exchange is an international development charity which uses the power of trade to bring about lasting solutions to poverty. It runs development programmes in South Asia and Africa, works directly with businesses to improve their supply chains, and does advocacy and campaigning in the UK to promote justice and fairness in international trade. It works closely with specialist fair trade company Traidcraft plc. Traidcraft Exchange is a registered charity, no. 1048752: https://www.traidcraft.org.uk/
Recommendation 26 of the Independent Review of Modern Slavery says: “There should be a central government-run repository to which companies are required to upload their [modern slavery] statements and which should be easily accessible to the public, free of charge.” https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/803406/Independent_review_of_the_Modern_Slavery_Act_-_final_report.pdf
Recommendation 15 of the Independent Review of Modern Slavery says: “Government should establish an internal list of companies in scope of section 54 [which requires them to publish a slavery and human trafficking statement] and check with companies whether they are covered by the legislation.” https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/803406/Independent_review_of_the_Modern_Slavery_Act_-_final_report.pdf
The Traidcraft Exchange and Fashion Revolution modern slavery database petition can be found here: https://www.traidcraft.org.uk/who-made-my-clothes