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Modern Slavery

Tracking compliance with modern slavery legislation, strengthening corporate transparency and accountability and engaging brands to combat modern slavery.

The corporate responsibility to respect includes ensuring that their activities do not cause or contribute to contemporary forms of slavery in the workplace, and taking steps to stop it from happening in supply chains and elsewhere.
Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, message on the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery 2011

According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) around 40 million men, women and children around the world are victims of modern slavery: 24.9 million are in forced labour of which an estimated 16 million are in forced labour in the private economy.  The illicit profit estimated by the ILO is $150 billion a year, much of it in corporate supply chains.

The recent growth of modern slavery can be connected to a number of geopolitical issues, including: increasing poverty and inequality, global conflicts and the consequent large scale population movements, as well as consumer demand for ever more things at lower cost.

We are currently undertaking several projects under our Modern Slavery programme. The Modern Slavery Registry tracks compliance with the UK Modern Slavery Act, the Australian Modern Slavery Act, and the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act. The Modern Slavery Registry holds statements published by over 18,000 companies and our key word search feature allows users to search statements by key words to see what companies are doing to address specific risks of modern slavery and labour exploitation in their operations and supply chains.

We are also part of the Modern Slavery Strategy and Implementation Group which advises the UK government on how to implement and strengthen the transparency in supply chains provision (S.54) of the UK Modern Slavery Act.

Our reports and analyses have highlighted the limits of transparency-based regulation. We work with a number of key partners and allies to engage in advocacy around the need for mandatory human rights due diligence legislation to protect workers in global supply chains.

Our other work includes strengthening corporate transparency and accountability for migrant rights in the construction and hospitality sectors in Qatar and the UAE; engaging brands and others on Syrian refugees in Turkish garment factories; and leading the development of the KnowTheChain benchmarks, alongside the project partners with Humanity United, Verité, and Sustainalytics.

Modern Slavery Registry

Find out what companies worldwide are doing to eradicate modern slavery from their operations and supply chains.

From us


Ranking companies' efforts to address forced labour in their supply chains

Modern Slavery in the Global Hotel Sector

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre and Walk Free assess modern slavery reporting by 71 global hotel companies.

Out of Sight

Modern slavery in Pacific supply chains of canned tuna

International Legislation

Modern slavery in company operations and supply chains: Mandatory transparency, mandatory due diligence and public procurement due diligence

FTSE 100 At the Starting Line

An analysis of company statements under the UK Modern Slavery Act