UK: New charter aims to tackle modern slavery in construction supply chains

Author: Damien Carr, Building 4 Change (UK), Published on: 27 March 2017

"New charter aims to eradicate modern slavery", 22 March 2017

BRE and BSI Group’s Supply Chain Services and Solutions arm have formed a coalition of leading construction sector institutions and associations with the objective of raising awareness to eradicate modern slavery in construction supply chains. The Coalition’s supporters include the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Build UK, Constructing Excellence, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) and Supply Chain Sustainability School. Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), BHRRC, IHRB and Stronger Together are among the supporters from civil society...The Charter supports the principle that slavery, in all its forms, has no place in commerce of any type. Signatories commit to seek opportunities to uphold, preserve and promote the right of freedom in the UK’s Construction Industry...[T]hey commit to: acting in accordance with the laws and regulations to which they are subject; developing tools, materials and training that support the development of best practice approaches to the issue of business and human rights; supporting best practice through partnerships and research; and using their influence, and working with relevant authorities, to support the abolition of illegal and unethical practices whenever they are found...

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