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9 Apr 2014

EPR Retail News (USA)

The British Retail Consortium welcomes the Draft Modern Slavery Bill [UK]

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The British Retail Consortium [BRC]...welcomed the publication of the report of a Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Draft Modern Slavery Bill. The retail industry supports the approach outlined in the Draft Bill which is intended to expose the hidden crime of slavery, bring more perpetrators to justice and protect and support victims. Responsible retailers have been active in tackling exploitation in their supply chains...The retail industry is pleased that the Committee supported the BRC’s recommendation to allow individual companies to decide how to allocate responsibility for tackling exploitation within their businesses...The BRC has also welcomed the Committee’s recommendation to amend the Companies Act to give effect to the Bill’s reporting requirements. Companies covered by the act are already required to report on “social, community and human rights issues” and adding Modern Slavery to this existing list is a pragmatic solution that retailers will welcome...