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UK: Report finds many co's supplying uniforms to the public sector do not report on measures to tackle slavery in supply chains

A new report published by CORE and ICAR on 28 September 2018 finds that few companies supplying uniforms for UK public sector workers, including the armed forces and prison officers, report on what they are doing to tackle slavery in their supply chains - despite the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act in 2015. The report 'Who Made Our Uniforms?' looks at thirty companies that were awarded significantly-sized contracts between 2013 and 2016 and examines publicly available information regarding their human rights and ethical standards and their suppliers. A short survey was sent to all the companies analysed in the report requesting further information. The report also includes several recommendations for the UK Government to ensure its contractors are more transparent.

The report does not allege that any of the companies have labour and/or other human rights abuses in their supply chains.