UK fashion brands take action to tackle modern slavery

The UK’s multi-billion fashion industry employs tens of thousands of people, which can make its companies vulnerable to unscrupulous providers and criminals who exploit workers for their labour. The new anti-slavery agreement will commit its signatories, John Lewis, M&S, New Look, NEXT, River Island and Shop Direct, to work together with the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA), and others, to root out criminality and shine a light on hidden victims. These efforts to uncover hidden slavery in businesses come as activity to respond to modern slavery offences has reached…

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UK firms set to create 300 jobs for victims of modern slavery

Some of the UK’s leading businesses, led by the Co-op, are set to create up to 300 jobs for the victims of modern slavery by 2020. Up to 20 large firms, from various sectors of the economy, are on the verge of signing up to an innovative employment programme called Bright Future, devised by the Co-op, in conjunction with City Hearts, to provide work for people rescued from enslavement. The companies joining the scheme will work hand in hand with a network of local charities in order to put survivors…

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Salvation Army launches new animation to join the fight against Modern Slavery

The Salvation Army has launched an animated film to highlight the common signs of modern slavery, enabling the public to help spot them – and play their part in putting an end to this monstrous crime. This builds on The Salvation Army’s film last year, which featured Princess Eugenie calling on the public to ask businesses who make goods and services we all use to review their supply chain for slave labour through social media using the hashtags, #askthequestion and #slavefree. Conscious that public awareness is a key to help…

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