Britons lead the world in online shopping, spending an average of £1,175 per head in 2013.1 Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could buy online and on our high streets, with full confidence that UK companies had checked their supply chains to ensure they’re slavery-free? We believe the UK Modern Slavery Bill is a landmark opportunity to make this happen – and we’re not alone.
A range of Church leaders, politicians, anti-slavery activists and also a number of businesses have come out in support of tough, anti-slavery legislation that includes requirements of companies to ensure their supply chains are slavery-free. The Government has announced that a measure will be included in the Modern Slavery Bill so that ‘big businesses will have to publicly state each year what action they have taken to ensure their supply chains are slavery free’. David Cameron has also previously said he wants the UK to “lead the world in eradicating modern-day slavery”.2
It’s important to remind him that there is wide public support for him to do this, by contacting MPs and urging them to use their influence and fight for a Modern Slavery Bill of which we can be proud.
Please ask your MP to write to David Cameron asking him to strengthen the UK Modern Slavery Bill to ensure UK businesses are slavery-free.