4 in 5 of the British public support new laws to prevent exploitation of people in supply chains
'4 in 5 of the British public support new laws to prevent exploitation of people in supply chains', 30 August 2022
"A new YouGov poll conducted by Anti-Slavery International and the Corporate Justice Coalition shows strong public support for new laws which would require companies to take meaningful steps towards stamping out the exploitation of workers and avoidable environmental damage in their supply chains.
The polling shows that a huge 87% of the respondents support new laws requiring companies to take meaningful steps to ensure their supply chains do not exploit people.
These results are a positive indicator. They both show public concern for the presence of modern slavery and exploitation in supply chains but also environmental damage, which is increasingly linked to modern slavery as climate change is resulting in the forced displacement of peoples and loss of livelihoods.
In fact, a staggering 83% of the British public would support new laws that would require companies to take meaningful steps against avoidable environmental damage in their supply chains. Overall, the majority of respondents believe that current UK laws preventing exploitation of workers and environmental damage by producers and suppliers of consumer goods are not strict enough.
What the polling critically found is that support for new laws is extremely high across all UK age groups, regions of the UK, and across the political spectrum, with at least 84% in support of laws preventing exploitation of people across voters of the three main political parties (Conservative, Liberal Democrats and Labour) in the 2019 General Election. This consensus provides a strong mandate for action..."