Government reveals plan to help combat modern slavery
19 April 2022
The government wants businesses to do their bit to stamp out modern slavery, by reporting on anything amiss in their supply chain.
It is planning new regulations for small, medium and large companies, to fill what experts describe as a gap in the country's legislation.
All companies would have to report any modern slavery or worker exploitation they find out about within their supply chain, whether it is here or overseas.
Medium-to-large businesses would also have to declare what they were doing to remedy modern slavery and worker exploitation - and large businesses would have to undertake due diligence, to prevent and mitigate it.
The announcement comes after a petition was presented to Parliament last year, signed by 37,000 people, asking the government to enact modern slavery laws like the UK and Australia have done.
Consultation on the proposals has opened today, and submissions can be made for the next two months.