Prime Minister’s new modern slavery registry ‘a welcome first step’
11 June 2019
The international development charity Traidcraft Exchange has welcomed the Prime Minister’s decision to set up a new public database of companies’ statements on modern slavery.
Theresa May is due to announce the move at the International Labour Organisation’s conference in Geneva as part of a package of measures designed to improve the effectiveness of the UK’s Modern Slavery Act
“The lack of a central government database has been a major flaw in the system – making it hard for the public to know which companies are complying with the law on modern slavery and which ones are breaking it,” said Tom Wills, Policy Adviser at Traidcraft Exchange.
“If confirmed, this change of heart from the Prime Minister is a welcome first step in ensuring the government properly enforces the Modern Slavery Act,” added Tom Wills.
The Prime Minister’s announcement comes in response to a joint Traidcraft Exchange and Fashion Revolution petition asking the Home Office to set up a modern slavery database, which has now gathered nearly 5,000 signatures.
The ‘Who made my clothes? Are brands in Britain playing by the rules?’ campaign also calls for the Government to publish a list of all companies required to produce a modern slavery statement – an important element that the Prime Minister’s announcement is not expected to cover.
“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 full of list of those businesses should be part of the new database,” concluded Tom Wills.
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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/
The Press Association report that the Prime Minister will make an announcement in Geneva this evening: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-7126969/PM-unveil-new-measures-tackle-abhorrent-modern-slavery.html
The Traidcraft Exchange and Fashion Revolution modern slavery database petition can be found here: https://www.traidcraft.org.uk/who-made-my-clothes