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29 Aug 2014

Ethical Trading Initiative & British Retail Consortium

ETI & British Retail Consortium letter to UK Prime Minister David Cameron

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We  welcome the  introduction  of  the  Modern  Slavery  Bill and  the  UK  Government’s  commitment to  eradicate  the  abuse  and  exploitation  of  workers,  both  in  this  country  and  globally...This letter  represents  the  views  of  ETI  and  BRC  member  companies  and  organisations,  amongst whose  logos  appear  below.  The  following  are  some  changes  we  would  like  to  see  in  the  Modern Slavery  Bill that could  help us make  further  progress. First,  we would  like  to  see  a  clause  in  the  Bill  that  calls  for transparency  in  supply  chains...Second,  the Gangmasters  Licensing  Authority...is  an  example  of  an  effective  body  that  UK industry  helped  establish  to  manage  and  mitigate  risks  of  slavery  in  the  food  and  agriculture sector. We would like to see this model extended to other  high‐risk  areas  such  as fisheries, apparel, construction,  cleaning,  care  and  hospitality....Third,  alongside  our  own  efforts  to  take  responsibility  for  policies  and  actions on  modern  slavery in our global  supply  chains,  we  would  like  you  to  assure  us  that  there  will be an independent  Anti-­Slavery  Commissioner with appropriate power  to  monitor  the  legislation,  ensure  compliance  and take  action  where  necessary.